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Bus Information

Getting to and from School

Bus Information and Timetables

Changes from September/October 2019

Messages from TFGM:

Due to parental feedback, TFGM will be running a bus service (797) from Bowdon Vale as of 27th October 2019. This will be a shared service with Wellington School. 

From 16 September, the 773 will revert back to its previous 'start point' (see bold text below) and the route has slightly altered (see PDF below).

CHANGE TO 770: From Monday 30 September, the 770 will leave its first stop at 07:38 and is due to arrive at school 08:25. Please see updated schedule below.

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 Selwyns  
  • 772 - from Norris Road/Helsby Road (Sale) (early services) and/or The Legh Arms, Sale Moor (later services), operated by Selwyns
  • 773 - from Oldfield Brow, Oldfield Road/Bonville Road, operated by Diamond Buses (AM) and Belle Vue (PM)
  • 774 - from Altrincham Road (Sharston), operated by Goodwins
  • 776 - from Carrington Lane (Ashton), operated by Selwyns
  • 797 - from Priory Road, Bowdon Vale  (shared service with Wellington School)

*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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