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Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is urging city-region residents to plan journeys and travel safely ahead of colder temperatures.
Temperatures in early December 2023 are forecast to drop as low as -4C in some parts of Greater Manchester. With very cold weather forecast, the public is encouraged to look out for UKHSA Weather Health Alerts and Met Office National Severe Weather Warnings to allow them to take informed action in time.
Those needing to travel are being asked to allow plenty of time when planning their journeys. For people using public transport, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is working with operators to keep services moving and will have staff across the network to help passengers.
The colder weather increases the risk of an accident or breakdown, and people should take extra car if driving, cycling, scooting or walking.
Lucy Kennon, TfGM’s Head of Resilience and Business Continuity, said:
“The next few days will see extremely cold weather across our region, which brings with it several risks.
“For transport that could mean dangerous driving conditions, with colder weather increasing the risk of an accident or breakdown – and there are a few simple steps you can take to help keep yourself and others safe, such as driving to the conditions, checking your tyres, having a fully charged mobile phone with you and blankets in your car.
“For those cyclists undeterred by the cold, please also watch out for icy conditions, plan your route and allow extra time.
“We’ll also be doing what we can, alongside operators, to help keep public transport running, including gritting our facilities and running trams throughout the night to keep the overhead lines free from ice.
“As always, staff will be out across the network to help you, and as we approach the festive season it’s a timely reminder of the importance of looking out for those who might be more vulnerable or need help too.”