COVID-19: transport, highways, parking and public spaces

Information and guidance related to transport, highways, parking and public spaces during the coronavirus outbreak.

We are regularly updating this section with useful information for you. Please keep checking back and follow us on Twitter @LGAcomms for the latest updates. 


The British Parking Association, London Councils and the LGA: advice on parking operations during the outbreak, as well as local authority parking and traffic management operational advice (pdf, 5 November 2020)

GOV.UK – health, care, and volunteer workers parking pass and concessions

The LGA has worked with Government to develop a scheme that now suspends parking charges for health workers, social care workers and NHS volunteers for on-street parking and open car parks (e.g. pay and display car parks) as they go about their critical work

Department for Transport  – Advice note: Power to use cameras to enforce parking and loading restrictions within mandatory cycle lanes (pdf, 1 June 2020)

Public spaces

LGA - licensing of outdoor drinking and dining guidance note

LGA – revitalising town centres: a toolkit for councils

GOV.UK – improving access to greenspace: a new review for 2020 (pdf, 2020)

GOV.UK – guidance: pavement licences (outdoor seating proposal)

GOV.UK – guidance for managing beaches, the countryside and coastal areas

GOV.UK – guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities

GOV.UK – letter to council leaders on access to public toilets and tips

GOV.UK – guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms

GOV.UK – reopening high streets safely fund guidance

GOV.UK – safer public places – urban centres and green spaces

GOV.UK – guidance on access to green spaces and protecting yourself and others

GOV.UK – Natural England COVID-19 operational update

Guide dogs and RNIB – letter to councils on accessibility and pavement licences

National water safety forum – advice and information on beaches

Vanishing High Street – Build Back Better

Stay Safe Get Outside – getting outside during COVID-19

High Streets Task Force – COVID-19 recovery

People and Places – creating a town centre recovery framework (draft manual)

sustrans – walking and cycling infrastructure design guidance

sustrans – re-allocating road space to make walking and cycling safer

sustrans – space to move tool: changing streets to make it easier for people to walk, wheel and cycle safely during the lockdown and beyond

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) – RNLI lifeguard service to pause immediately 

For more information on public spaces, please see our culture, tourism, leisure and sport page.


Letter to councils on COVID secure measures (pdf, 19 December 2020)

GOV.UK – safer travel guidance for passengers

GOV.UK – taxis and HPVs

LGA webinar – decarbonising transport after the COVID-19 crisis

GOV.UK – transport demand management toolkit for local authorities

GOV.UK – travel corridors

GOV.UK – transport and travel guidance

GOV.UK – transport use during the coronavirus pandemic

GOV.UK requirements to provide public health information to passengers travelling to England

GOV.UK – emergency active travel fund: local transport authority allocations

DfT – letter regarding local transport restart (pdf,12 May 2020)

GOV.UK – transport and travel guidance for people using transport or working in the transport sector

GOV.UK – safer transport guidance for operators and safer transport campaign

GOV.UK – guidance for MOTs due from 30 March 2020

GOV.UK – temporary relaxation of the enforcement of the EU and GB drivers' hours rules: all sectors carriage of goods by road

GOV.UK – improving light rail services and cycle facilities at railway stations funding: regional allocations

GOV.UK – Advice for heavy goods (HGV) and Public Service Vehicles (PSV) Operators

GOV.UK – Senior Traffic Commissioner issues a Statutory Document in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

GOV.UK – renew or change a lorry or bus licence

GOV.UK – advice for the freight transport industry

DfT – traffic regulation orders: COVID-19 guidance (pdf, 14 April 2020)

Transport Focus – travel during COVID-19 survey

Sustrans – walking and cycling infrastructure design guidance

Highways and street works

Government endorsed guidance on street works

GOV.UK – making traffic regulation orders during coronavirus

GOV.UK – reallocating road space in response to COVID-19: statutory guidance for local authorities

DfT – letter regarding highway maintenance and construction in regards to COVID-19 (pdf, 24 April 2020)

DfT – COVID-19 road and street works bulletin 005: training and accreditation (pdf, 9 April 2020)

Guide Dogs UK – street design guidance for local authorities

ADEPT – Highways Sector Council COVID-19 operating procedures protecting our highways workforce