Travel and transport - coronavirus updates

Last updated: 8 March 2021

Travel and public transport 

Itchen Bridge

24-hour charging on the Toll Bridge continues as usual.

Concessionary travel

From Monday 8 March, concessionary passes returned to the standard start time of 9am. This will help bus operators manage increasing demand and continue to support social distancing as schools and colleges return and lockdown restrictions are gradually lifted nationwide over the coming months. Our neighbouring local authorities of Portsmouth and Hampshire have also reintroduced their standard time restrictions for concessionary bus passes.

For advice on how to protect yourself and others on public transport visit My Journey.

Bus pass applications, replacement and renewals

You can see all our guidance on bus pass applications, replacement and renewals on our SmartCities pages. If you can't apply online, please download and complete the PDF form from those pages and email to the SmartCities team at

Public transport

Please view the websites of individual operators to view the latest updates on their services. If you're not sure which operator or service you need, My Journey is Southampton's one stop destination for information and advice on buses, trains and ferries, as well as cycling and walking.


Self-isolation and moving your vehicle

We know that some residents who have a confirmed COVID-19 case or have been advised to isolate may be concerned about how to move their vehicle. The legislation for "self-isolation" allows for a number of circumstances where people may need to leave isolation. This includes "to fulfil a legal obligation". We have discussed this with our Legal Services team and they are satisfied that relocating a vehicle parked in contravention of a restriction would meet that criteria. Moving a vehicle would also not involve coming into contact with a third party.

Parking enforcement

The council will continue to enforce parking restrictions throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. We would ask all drivers to pay attention to these restrictions as they are important for keeping the highway clear for emergency services, supply chain deliveries, public transport and other vital users, as well as maintaining road safety.

Please note that in off street car parks, disabled bays, electric vehicle bays, motorcycles bays and the requirement to park within the bay markings are still subject to enforcement regardless of whether the pay and display restrictions are being enforced.

Resident parking zones

Enforcement of the permit parking restrictions in Resident Parking Zones 1-18, 20, 22 and 23 is in place. If you need a resident parking permit, even if you are usually not eligible for one, you can apply for a parking permit online.

Pay and display parking

All Pay and Display restrictions are being enforced as normal. If you park a vehicle in any on-street or off street location where a Pay and Display charge is payable, you will need to obtain a ticket from the machine or use PayByPhone cashless parking payments. You can use PayByPhone to pay for your parking on your mobile device and this works remotely so you can extend your parking from home if needed.

Roadworks and maintenance 

The schedule of roadworks and maintenance in Southampton remains largely unchanged. We continue to deal with emergency highway and street lighting works. Measures are in place for social distancing to protect, as far as possible, the health of the workforce.