Passengers making essential journeys at Manchester Piccadilly station will be able to keep a safe distance from each other during the coronavirus crisis, thanks to new measures in place this week.

The station team has installed vinyl stickers on the floor around the station to highlight the two metre distance people should keep between themselves and others.

The stickers form a grid leading towards the ticket barriers, as well as marking out spaces for passengers to wait in whilst queuing for tickets or information. 

Scott Green, station manager at Manchester Piccadilly, said: “The new stickers will make it really easy for passengers to protect themselves when using the station for essential travel.

“Each sticker has been measured to be two metres apart from the next, in line with government advice. Now passengers don’t have to guess, they can be sure.”

These extra guides have been put in place alongside increased regular cleaning at the station to ensure the highest levels of hygiene for passengers and railway workers. 

Earlier this week, Manchester Piccadilly announced free parking for all NHS staff and care workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Passengers are once again reminded to only travel if absolutely necessary.

A reduced timetable is in operation and people who must travel are advised to visit www.nationalrail.co.uk every day to check the new train times.