Winter travel tips

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As days get darker and colder, here’s some handy hints to help keep you moving safely.

  • Stay warm underground – the Subway is rarely affected by bad weather. The system is completely underground making it a convenient and reliable way to travel in all seasons.
  • Watch out for slippery floors – despite our best efforts, floors do get wet. Please take your time in Subway stations. During peak hours there is a train every 4-5 mins so no need to run.
  • Take care when getting on and off trains – our drivers wait for passengers to board and alight safely.
  • Be courteous to your fellow commuters – the Subway is compact and passengers are in close contact. Please bear that in mind if you have a cold or flu and cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
  • Drink and escalators don’t mix – the Subway is a great way to get home during the festivities. Please take care on the escalators, stand well back from the platform edge and take care when getting on and off the trains.
  • Make yourself visible – especially if you are not using a familiar walking route; wear bright visible clothing to make sure cyclists and drivers can see you.
  • Take extra care when crossing – always allow vehicles to come to a complete stop before crossing the road – the road may be wet or slippery so it might take longer than expected for them to come to a halt.
  • Give yourself extra time – icy pavements or wet leaves can be a slip hazard.
  • Be safe, be seen – the UK legal minimum for cycling after dark is with one front white light and one red rear light, plus the reflectors that should already be on your bike. Wearing a brightly coloured or reflective jacket will help too.
  • Check that your lights are suitable for your speed – your front light must show you road surface details far enough away to react to at the speed you’ll be cycling.
  • Make sure you have a backup light in your bag – small bright LEDs that strap to the handlebar or seat post should do the trick.
  • Invest in a head torch for your toolkit – it could make repairs to your bike in the dark a lot easier.
  • Use your local bus station – SPT bus stations are well lit, stances are under cover, staff are on hand to help and there is CCTV.
  • Let us know of any problems – we look after a range of bus stops and shelters across Strathclyde. If lights at bus stops and shelters aren’t working, please let us know by calling: 0800 37 36 35.
  • Hail a bus from the pavement, not the road – it’s much safer to get the attention of a bus driver.
  • Take care when getting on and off – vehicle stairs can get slippery during wet weather so please use the handrails and take your time.
  • Winter weather can affect platforms – if you notice a potential trip or slip hazard, please let a member of Scotrail staff know – contact details are on the Scotrail website.
  • Watch out for slippery steps on the stairs– many of the rail stations across the Strathclyde have external stairs which can be affected by winter weather. Take care.
  • Take care when getting on or off trains – the step onto the train or the platform might be slippery. Please take your time and use the handrail.
  • Keep informed – rail travel updates are available by following @Scotrail on twitter or using the Scotrail App.
  • Prepare your vehicle – lights, heaters and wipers put high demands on the car battery. If your driving is mainly dark rush-hour trips make sure you replace your battery regularly.
  • Plan ahead – look out for travel bulletins in your area and leave extra time for travel.
  • Take good advice – in severe weather conditions, if advised by emergency services, only travel when absolutely necessary..
  • Top up your driving skills – most of us have very little experience of driving in extreme conditions, such as snow, so take some time to consider how it affects your driving. Don’t just drive as normal. Read up on how to respond to different weather conditions before setting off. Find out more information on winter driving on the ROSPA website.
  • Share your trip – it could save you money and reduces congestion on the road. Find out how to register on our JourneyShare website.

Scotland-wide public transport information is available on Traveline Scotland or call 0871 200 22 33. You can also plan your journey using our Journey Planner.