Please download below an update on school transport arrangements for the autumn term. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has received Â£2.25m of funding to be used to organise additional dedicated school transport services for the first half of autumn term, whilst capacity on the public transport network is reduced due to social distancing measures.
The timetables for school which are broadly the same as last year. Shared services which serve multiple schools will continue and this has been agreed with DfE. These timetables show the usual scheduled routes for the school year ahead but do not include any additional services which may be commissioned using the recent funding allocation.
Please see TfGM Back to School Hub where you can get all the most up to date travel information: www.tfgm.com/schools
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School bus services for the new academic year 2021/22
12th July 2021
Starting from September 2021
School Bus Services and Travel Advice
12th July 2021
School Bus Services and Travel Advice
Academic Year 2021/22
This booklet shows all home to school bus services as provided to schools within Trafford.
Other booklets are available for schools across the other 9 districts of Greater Manchester and these can be found at tfgm.com/tickets-and-passes/bus-school-bus-services.
In addition to the services contained in this booklet, there is a network of general bus services which can also be used to get to and from school. Details of these can be found at tfgm.com/public-transport/bus/.
Services shown in this booklet operate only on the school days of the schools that the services operate for and will not operate during school holidays or on days when students are not in attendance. Some buses are shared between schools and in these instances, buses will operate on days that all relevant schools are in attendance unless marked on the timetable.
Message from Northern Railway
2nd March 2021
We have been working hard throughout this pandemic to make sure all our stations and trains are as clean and safe as possible. We have followed all the Government guidelines and continued to provide critical rail services.
Working as one industry we have developed guidance for all our customers to ensure they can travel with us safely and in confidence. Please download our travel safe messaging flyer to the returning students and their families. It provides some simple advice about how to travel, what to do on board and at stations and what may have changed since their last journey. Of course our key message is that our staff are here to help and support everyone who is travelling with us.
We are pleased to offer our Educational Season ticket which provides 40% off the price of a child season ticket, to ensure a safe, Â cost effective journey by train.
In addition to the Summer term ticketÂ available for travel from 12thÂ AprilÂ 2021 to 23rdÂ July 2021, we are pleased to introduce an extended term ticket which isÂ valid from 8Â March 2021 to 23Â July 2021. These tickets will be available online only and will be on sale from Wednesday 3 March 2021.
The extended Summer ticket will only be available to purchase until 15thÂ March 2021 online atÂ https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/educational-season.
The Summer term ticket will be available to purchase from March 15thÂ until 9thÂ April 2021.
Once again we know that safety will continue to be a priority and Northern remains committed to making sure that all passengers can travel safely on our trains. Â
Changes to TfGM weekly tickets
10th December 2020
TfGM have been working with the operators of our school services to introduce a new weekly ticket that can be loaded straight on to an IGO card, without the need for a paper ticket. Helping us to reduce our environmental impact, whilst cutting down on lost tickets and students travelling without their IGO.
Weâ€™re now in a position where all of our operators are able to sell and accept this new ticket type, Â as well as a new carnet style ticket that can also be loaded on to a studentâ€™s IGO card. For more information about these new tickets please visit:Â https://tfgm.com/tickets-and-passes/bus-school-bus-services
We will be asking our operators to no longer sell the paper version of the TfGM school weekly, with a view to removing the paper version from the beginning of next term.
If any of the students need to apply for an IGO or replacement, full details can be found here: https://tfgm.com/tickets-and-passes/igo-pass
Northern Railway Under 16 Education Season Tickets â€“ discounted tickets now available for January term
27th November 2020
Every parentÂ worriesÂ about getting the correct fare together every morning. They have concerns about their child losing theÂ money or spending it on something else and then being left short for the journey home. Our EducationalÂ Termly Season Ticket allows you to save up to 40% off the cost of travel and helps to calmÂ those worries. Whatâ€™s more, if your child loses their seasonÂ ticketÂ weâ€™ll replace it for a small administration fee.
The season ticket carries noÂ restrictions, whichÂ means that your child can travel worry free on the designated route during evenings and weekends too.Â The new Spring Term Season Ticket is available to purchase throughout DecemberÂ and will be valid from 1stÂ January 2021 to 2ndÂ April 2021. Full details of the origin stations available for your school can be found atÂ https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/educational-season
We know that safety will continue to be a priority for the new school year and Northern is committed to making sure that all passengers can travel safely on our trains. Â From December we are running more trains and increasing the number of services. Our trains and stations are being cleaned daily and we are using industry leading sanatising products such as Zoono, an antimicrobial coating that bonds to surfaces. Â In addition, we need your help to ensure your child is wearing a facemask when they travel (unless they are exempt).Â
The pass can be purchased online until the 30thÂ of December 2020. Educational Season Tickets for the rest of the year may also be purchased during December.Â Ordering your pass online makes it easier (and safer) to purchase –Â Please visitÂ https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/educational-seasonÂ and complete the form. Your order will then be processed quickly and efficiently and the ticket(s) posted out the same working day.
Should you have any questions about the scheme please contactÂ email@example.com
Duplicate bus services
2nd November 2020
Last term, duplicate bus journeys exclusively for school and college students were introduced to run behind the original scheduled service at set times where pre-lockdown passenger data showed the highest number of school and college students travelling and where bus seats were expected to be in high demand as a result. The usual route number starts in â€˜Sâ€™ to show they are school services.
Please be aware that funding has been secured to continue to operate the duplicate â€˜Sâ€™ services after half term. Details of which can be found here:Â https://tfgm.com/public-transport/schools/duplicate-school-bus-services
Capacity on the commercial bus network continues to be significantly reduced due to coronavirus social distancing measures. Where they can, weâ€™re encouraging children to walk, cycle or scoot to school,Â
School Bus Bubbles
It’s been advised that students sit in their school bubbles whilst using school buses with Go Goodwins and Belle Vue â€“ who operate school buses that serve Altrincham Grammar Schools and Loreto Grammar.Â These notices are also diplayed on the bus.
288 Bus Service Update
14th September 2020
D & G have been unable to re-instate their school journeys on Service 288 as from 07/09/2020.
Therefore they will be operated by Selwyns Coaches from the afternoon of Monday 07/09/2020 and a morning and afternoon trip from Tuesday 08/09/2020.
Destinations will be â€˜S288 Altrincham/Loreto Schools Onlyâ€™ and â€˜S288 East Didsbury Schools Onlyâ€™.
Further details are available on TFGM website:Â https://tfgm.com/public-transport/schools
News release - Duplicate bus journeys to support return to school
3rd September 2020
Greater Manchester secures Â£2m for thousands of extra bus seats to support safe return to school
Read more on the below document:
Transport bus services risk assessments
Please find attached details of dedicated schools services in your area effective from September; these services will operate at the capacity noted on the timetables (i.e. there is no requirement for social distancing restrictions)
- Belle Vue Covid-19 Bus Travel Risk Assesment
- Diamond Bus COVID 19 RISK ASSESSMENT CLEANING
- Diamond Bus COVID 19 RISK ASSESSMENT DRIVING
- Driver Risk Assessment Go Goodwins Coaches August 2020
- Stagecoach Manchester COVID-19 RA Bus drivers on vehicle 1
- Stagecoach Manchester COVID-19 RA Customer on board Bus – England only 2
TfGM Complaints Process
13th January 2020
Operational Bus Planning is using a new complaints system. This will allow TfGMâ€™s Â Customer Relations Department to log and forward it to the correct departments (including ourselves Operational Bus Planning). The benefit of this is it will leave an audit trail, identify who is dealing with what in which department and will provide a better service for our customers. Often a lot of comments, require an answer from just one department but sometime a comment may require various sections of TfGM to work together to provide an answer as well as contacting third parties; such as Bus Operators, Schools, Local Council Officers and outside agencies. This process ensures that comments are dealt with more effectively and efficiently as well as meeting legal guidelines.
Therefore, going forward please send emails (unless immediate urgent action is required) direct to our Customer Relations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org â€“ this enables it to be logged, assigned a case number and also be covered by TfGM data protection. Otherwise we will be unable to process it.
Information for 2019/20 - School bus fare increases
6th December 2019
From the start of the 2019/2020 academic year, school bus fares will increase in line with inflation. We would be grateful if you could distribute this information to parents via your usual channels.
Child Single (IGO)
Child Single (no IGO)
An IGO card costs Â£10 and lasts until 31st August after your 16th birthday. The card allows 11-16 year olds to travel using child tickets on buses and trams in Greater Manchester.