Please download below an update on school transport arrangements for the autumn term. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has received £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:

Sent by TfGM

Full school bus service will be run from March 8th

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that Children will return to education 8th March TFGM advise that they intend to run a full school bus service, with all suspended services reinstated from Monday 8th March.

Attached is a copy of the School bus timetable effective from Monday 8th March:


Message from Northern Railway

2nd March 2021

Following the announcement that schools can fully reopen from 8th March 2021, Northern Trains have been developing our plans to support students on their daily commute.

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,  cost effective journey by train.

In addition to the Summer term ticket available for travel from 12th April  2021 to 23rd July 2021, we are pleased to introduce an extended term ticket which is valid from 8 March 2021 to 23 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 15th March 2021 online at

The Summer term ticket will be available to purchase from March 15th until 9th 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.  

Changes to school bus services - 25th Jan

21st January 2021

Regarding Home to School Transport it’s advised that the following services will be suspended after operation on Friday 22nd January 2021.






Altrincham Grammars




Altrincham Grammars








Altrincham COA/Wellington




Sale Grammar




St Ambrose











As previously advised we are monitoring all services and the above carried no passengers during the week commencing 11th January.

Should you become aware of a requirement for the service to be reinstated please advise at the earliest opportunity.

Attached here a revised school bus timetable, effective from Monday 25th January.

Changes to School Bus Services effective Monday 11th January 2021

5th January 2021

Following last night’s announcement that schools will remain open only to support vulnerable children and the children of key workers we intend to implement a reduced school bus network effective Monday 11th January 2021, which is likely to stay in place until February half term.

The network will be similar to that which was in place towards the end of the last academic year, maintaining links where a need was demonstrated and there was no alternative available.

Below you will find an excel document highlighting the services (in green) which we intend to suspend after operation on Friday 8th January 2021.

For your reference, current school bus timetables can be found at

Any buses that are stood down will be kept on standby and can be reinstated or redeployed at short notice should a need be demonstrated.

Kind regards

Nick O’Neill

Bus Planning Officer

TFGM Operational Service Planning

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.

We’re now in a position where all of our operators are able to sell and accept this new ticket type,  as well as a new carnet style ticket that can also be loaded on to a student’s IGO card. For more information about these new tickets please visit:

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:


Northern Railway Under 16 Education Season Tickets – discounted tickets now available for January term

27th November 2020

Every parent worries about getting the correct fare together every morning. They have concerns about their child losing the money or spending it on something else and then being left short for the journey home. Our Educational Termly Season Ticket allows you to save up to 40% off the cost of travel and helps to calm those worries. What’s more, if your child loses their season ticket we’ll replace it for a small administration fee.

The season ticket carries no restrictions, which means that your child can travel worry free on the designated route during evenings and weekends too. The new Spring Term Season Ticket is available to purchase throughout December  and will be valid from 1st January 2021 to 2nd April 2021. Full details of the origin stations available for your school can be found at

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.  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.  In addition, we need your help to ensure your child is wearing a facemask when they travel (unless they are exempt). 

The pass can be purchased online until the 30th of December 2020. Educational Season Tickets for the rest of the year may also be purchased during December. Ordering your pass online makes it easier (and safer) to purchase –  Please visit 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 contact

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 ‘S’ to show they are school services.

Please be aware that funding has been secured to continue to operate the duplicate ‘S’ services after half term. Details of which can be found here:

Capacity on the commercial bus network continues to be significantly reduced due to coronavirus social distancing measures. Where they can, we’re encouraging children to walk, cycle or scoot to school, 

School Bus Bubbles

It’s been advised that students sit in their school bubbles whilst using school buses with Go Goodwins and Belle Vue – who operate school buses that serve Altrincham Grammar Schools and Loreto Grammar. These notices are also diplayed on the bus.

AGGS Bus services timetable 08:40 – 15:30

23rd September

Bus services 750, 751, 752, 753, 754, 755, 756, 757, 758, 759, 760

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 ‘S288 Altrincham/Loreto Schools Only’ and ‘S288 East Didsbury Schools Only’.

Further details are available on TFGM website:

News release - Duplicate bus journeys to support return to school

3rd September 2020

Greater Manchester secures £2m for thousands of extra bus seats to support safe return to school

Read more on the below document:

Bus Timetables

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)

TfGM Complaints Process

13th January 2020

Operational Bus Planning is using a new complaints system. This will allow TfGM’s  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 – 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.

The changes:

Fare Type

Old (£)

New (£)

Child Single (IGO)



Child Single (no IGO)



Child return



Child Weekly



Adult Single



An IGO card costs £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.