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One of these measures has been to achieve the “We’re Good to Go” accreditation. Wondering what that is and how it might benefit you? Here we’ll take you through everything you need to know.
The “We’re Good to Go” accreditation is the brainchild of Visit Britain and is awarded to businesses who have effectively followed all the coronavirus government guidelines and are able to provide a safe and sanitary environment for their customers.
At TransPennine Express, we’ve achieved this status thanks to our increased cleaning capabilities which particularly focuses on areas and surfaces most likely to be touched during an average journey.
The idea of the accreditation is to reassure you of the safety measures we’ve put in place on our services and to make you feel confident when travelling with us – whether that’s for your commute, your journey to university, or on a day trip somewhere with TransPennine Express.
We worked hard to achieve this accreditation from Visit Britain, so you can feel safe and comfortable at all times on our trains and at the stations we serve. Our overall aim is to get you moving across the North of England and Scotland again and staying safely connected to the places and people you love.
It’s not just train companies who’ve managed to bag this brand-new accreditation. You’ll also spot various businesses – from restaurants to shops – and dozens of fantastic attractions across our entire network with this Visit Britain award. Before you travel and plan your journey it is important to always make sure you check and follow the latest government advice with regards to public transport in each local area.
Businesses with the accreditation across our network include:
1. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
If the Scottish capital is on your agenda, a stroll around the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh should definitely be on the cards. The beautiful spot has excellent safety measures in place, meaning you can admire the vibrant tropical flora and fauna in its gardens and glasshouses with peace of mind.
2. Scarborough’s North Bay Heritage Railway
Enjoying a day out by the sea in Scarborough is a fantastic way to get a little fresh air at any time of year. If you’re venturing there with kids (or you just have a fascination with locomotives), definitely take a ride on the North Bay Heritage Railway. Built in the 1930s, it zooms you along the coastline for just under a mile in COVID-safe carriages with plenty of room for social distancing.
3. Kelham Island Museum, Sheffield
Located in the heart of Sheffield’s trendy former-industrial area, the Kelham Island Museum tracks the city’s long history of steelworks. In addition to standard exhibits, you’ll pass through fun interactive galleries and even have the chance to witness (at a distance, of course!) real craftsmen plying their trade.
4. Hotham’s Gin School, Leeds
If a G&T is one of your favourite tipples, this distillery in the heart of Leeds lets you create your own botanical-infused bottle! Take a spot at one of the clean, well-spaced work stations and get making your own bottle of gin under the careful instructions of a Hotham’s Leeds Gin School specialist.
5. York Railway Museum, York
Another train-themed day out in Yorkshire that’s been awarded “We’re Good to Go” accreditation is the York Railway Museum. Situated a short walk from the historic city’s main station, the museum showcases over 300 locomotives from decades gone by, including the world’s fastest recorded steam train – the Mallard.
6. Royal Liver Building 360 Tour, Liverpool
See the city on the Mersey from a whole new perspective when you sign up to the Royal Liver Building 360 Tour. As well as exploring the inside of this iconic Liverpool building, you’ll also have a chance to whizz up to the fifteenth floor to soak up stunning panoramic views of the entire city.
7. People’s History Museum, Manchester
Manchester is home to many wonderful museums which are perfect places to get lost in the history of the city. One of these – which also recently achieved “Good to Go” status – is the People’s History Museum. Located just minutes from trendy Spinningfields, its displays follow the rise of the UK’s working class and the development of democracy.
8. Durham Cathedral, Durham
Durham Cathedral was built in 1093 and is renowned for its stunning Romanesque architecture and fantastic location at the centre of the Durham World Heritage Site. Less than a 15 minute walk from the train station, there’s plenty to get involved in from treasure exhibitions, climbing the towers and viewing the cathedral in Lego form. The cathedral has been slowly reopening over the past few months so make sure you check the website to understand exactly what is open before you visit and book in advance if need be.
9. The Deep, Hull
If the marine world never fails to mesmerise you, don’t skip Hull’s huge aquarium. The Deep is lodged inside a space-age building right on the riverfront and it’s home to over 3000 creatures! Book your slot and make your way around the carefully thought out, one-way system to gaze at sharks, stingrays, turtles and other amazing ocean dwellers.
10. Hunterian Museum, Glasgow
Can’t resist weird and wonderful exhibitions? The Hunterian Museum within the University of Glasgow campus is packed with displays on palaeontology, archaeology, zoology and medicine, as well as holding remains of the ancient Antonine Wall collected by the museum’s founder, William Hunter.
Like the idea of exploring an attraction that’s been recognised for its excellent safety measures? Check out our Know Before You Go page for the latest advice on individual locations within our network. Plus you can head on over to the Visit Britain site for ongoing guidance on visiting museums, galleries and other landmarks.
You can also keep up to date with current coronavirus travel information on the dedicated COVID-19 section of our website as well as finding out what we’re doing to keep you safe on board.