Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM) has advised people in Greater Manchester not to travel during next week’s heatwave, unless necessary, following the Met Office’s red alert weather warning. 

With temperatures expected to top 35 degrees in Greater Manchester on Tuesday, people who do need to travel are advised to allow extra time for journeys and stay hydrated on the move. 

On Monday and Tuesday Metrolink will run a 12-minute schedule, with double-trams operating, in order to provide a reliable service for passengers who need to travel. High temperatures can cause rail tracks to buckle, so trams will run at lower speeds. 

Metrolink will operate as normal over the weekend – Saturday and Sunday – although passengers are advised to take precautions based on the potential for high temperatures. 

Public transport users are also being advised to allow extra time for journeys, carry water and a fan with them if possible, travel at quieter times when services are less busy if they can and look out for other passengers – offering them a seat if required. 

Drivers are being advised to check their tyres, make sure they have sunglasses if possible and keep an eye on the engine temperature – as well as having plenty of water. They should also be aware roads may well be busier and journeys may take longer and never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle – especially infants, young children and animals. 

Cyclists and walkers are advised to avoid travelling during the hottest parts of the day – between 11am and 3pm – to stay in the shade, apply sunscreen and take extra care to remain hydrated while on the move.  

Sean Dyball, Head of Customer Experience at Transport for Greater Manchester, said: “It’s great to see the sun shining in Greater Manchester, but the extreme heat we are set to experience over the next few days can have a serious impact on both transport services and people’s health. 

“Due to the extremely high temperatures expected, we are advising people not to travel during next week’s heatwave – on Monday 18 July and Tuesday 19 July – unless it is necessary. 

“If you do need to travel during the heatwave, please make sure you take plenty of water with you to stay hydrated and also allow extra time for your journey – just in case there are any delays on the roads or on the public transport networks.

“I’d also call on passengers to keep an eye out for more vulnerable travellers and offer people a seat if you see them struggling in the hot weather.”  

Several sporting events are set to take place over the coming days and attendees are advised to allow extra time and check service details ahead of travel, they include: 

  • England v India One-Day International at Emirates Old Trafford – Sunday 17 July 
  • Women’s Euro 2022: Sweden vs Portugal at Leigh Sports Village – Sunday 17 July 
  • Women’s Euro 2022: Italy v Belgium at City Football Academy Stadium – Monday 18 July 

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