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Bus Information

Getting to and from School

Bus Information and Timetables

Latest Updates from TFGM: February 2020

Messages from TFGM 28.02.2020:

The 797 bus service is being withdrawn by TFGM from Monday 24 February and will be replaced by an updated route for the 773*.

Please see updated timetable for details [pdf file].

The 776 timetable will be updated from 2 March and will leave its first stop 10 minutes earlier than currently, aiming to have students at school for 8.25am. 

The 771 and 772 services have changed provider (from Selwyns to Belle Vue).

Both 772 services will leave from Helsby Road.

The 774 service route will now include stops at Broomwood and will be a double decker for both journeys.

For students living further than 2 miles from school who rely on public transport for getting to and from school, there are 7 school buses which are dedicated to serving Altrincham College:

  • 770 - from Glebelands Road (Sale), operated by Belle Vue
  • 771 - from Sale Metrolink (Broad Road), operated by Belle Vue 
  • 772 - from Norris Road/Helsby Road (Sale), operated by Belle Vue (both services)
  • 773 - from Hale Road (Cemetery) via St. Lukes Church (Bowdon), Oldfield Brow, operated by Diamond Buses (AM) and Belle Vue (PM)
  • 774 - from Altrincham Road (Sharston), via Broomwood, operated by Goodwins
  • 776 - from Carrington Lane (Ashton) via Broadheath, operated by Selwyns

*Please see the link below for exact detail of bus stops and times on the above routes.

Public bus services which run close by include:

283/284 (Diamond Bus Service via Altrincham - Hale - Hale Barns)
285/286 (Diamond Bus Service via Altrincham - Timperley Grange - Timperley)
754 (M Travel/Selwyns via via Altrincham - Timperley - Brooklands - Sale/Sale Moor)

In addition to the above services there is a late bus service from school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, leaving school at 4.45pm. Please note that this service is OPERATED SEPARATELY from the regular school buses. One route goes to Oldfield Brow and the other one to Sale / Sale Moor.  The charge to use the late bus service is £1 per student, unless they are in receipt of an authorised bus pass provided by the school.

Bus Pass information

An IGO card is recommended to all students, as this proves the student is under 16 and allows discounted travel on both buses and trams. The current cost £10, which lasts until the August following the student's 16th birthday) 

There is also a Greater Manchester Pass available to all under 16 students. This pass is called a Junior Bus Saver available from "System One". Please note that this pass is no long issued as a paper pass but needs to be loaded onto students' IGO cards.

The System One pass can be obtained at TfGM Travelshops or online at The current cost of a 28 day pass is £34.

The System One pass enables students to use any bus (including the Yellow School Bus), anywhere in Greater Manchester anytime until 11.59 pm, any day of the week including Bank Holidays and Boxing Day. It cannot be used on Night Buses after midnight. It is available from Paypoint shops or TfGM Travelshops.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) now has Route Explorer, which asks people where they want to go and then shows them all the direct bus services that they can catch, when they leave, where the nearest bus stops are and how they can link up with trams and trains.

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