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Bus Information

Getting to and from School

Bus Information and Timetables

Whilst school is only open to key worker and vulnerable children, most of Altrincham College's school bus services are running as normal. However, the following services have been suspended temporarily:

771 - from Sale Metrolink (Broad Road), operated by Belle Vue 
773 - from Hale Road (Cemetery) via St. Lukes Church (Bowdon), Oldfield Brow, operated by Diamond Buses (AM) and Belle Vue (PM)

When schools re-open on 8th March ALL services will run as normal.

For up to date information on using school services, please visit Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM):

Under current Covid-19 guidance, social distancing is not required on dedicated school services; however, the wearing of face coverings remains compulsory.

Contactless payment is encouraged on all services.

See more information below regarding travelling to and from school. 

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
  • 773 - from Hale Road (Cemetery) via St. Lukes Church (Bowdon), Oldfield Brow, operated by Diamond Buses (AM) and Belle Vue (PM)
  • 774 - from Wythenshawe (Asda), via Broomwood, operated by Goodwins (AM) and Stagecoach (PM)
  • 776 - from Carrington Lane (Ashton) via Broadheath, operated by Belle Vue

*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)

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.
The late bus service is currently suspended under Covid-19 restrictions.


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). For more information visit:

Please note that TGFM advises the 'lead time' for an IGO pass is 2-4 weeks.

More information on school travel passes can be found here.

A monthly 'System One' travel card is available for students (Junior/Young Person) which is valid for any bus (including school services). For more information, visit

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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