Transport has changed significantly since lockdown, so it’s important that families plan ahead for how children will get to and from school and check the latest travel advice. You should also apply now for any tickets or passes you may need.
Please consider whether your child can walk or cycle to school – it can be a safe and healthy way for pupils to make shorter trips. New cycling and walking routes have been put in place across the region as part of the #SafeStreetsSaveLives project to make it safer and easier than ever to get about on foot or by bike.
If your child needs to use public transport to travel to school, timetables have changed. Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM’s) Yellow School Bus services will also be running without the usual pass system in place, meaning they will operate as regular school buses so any schoolchild can use them.
When travelling to school your child should check timetables in advance, allow extra time for their journeys in case their first service is full and be patient with other passengers.
From September 2021, most bus routes will be staying the same (with a few slight changes- please see the Bus routes document) There have been some changes made by transport for Greater Manchester regarding times/bus numbers. Some services will commence slightly earlier to support continued punctuality into school. In addition to this, some school services have been renumbered: They are; 915 becomes the 930. The 996 becomes the 931. The 918 becomes the 932 and the 615 becomes the 933. There will also be a daily additional service at 3.55pm back to Westhoughton to support bucket list and enrichment activities.
Please see the update timetable for more information: School Bus routes 21-22 TFGM
Dedicated school buses provide convenient transport to St. Joseph’s from the surrounding areas where our associated feeder schools are located. Local service buses, principally the 575, also run regularly between Chorley, Horwich, Bolton, Westhoughton and stop close to the school, on Chorley New Road.
The buses and their times are allocated to the school by TfGM.
New bus service information is listed below
Wigan Transport: all 4 Grayways coaches from the Wigan area will collect £1 per student on both journeys to and from school. This means that the daily cost per student will be £2. (Therefore, £10 per week per student).
If you’re aged 11 to 16 you need an igo pass to pay the concessionary fare on buses in Greater Manchester.
Why do I need an Igo Travel Pass?
Your igo pass proves that you are aged 16 or under and will be valid until 31 August after your 16th birthday. The igo pass has replaced the ID-16 card.
How much does it cost?
The igo pass costs £5 and you can only get one if you live or go to school in Greater Manchester. Your igo pass also allows you to buy money-saving travel tickets such as the System One Junior Bus Saver season ticket.
Applying for the Igo Pass
You can only get an igo pass if you live or go to school in Greater Manchester. You should receive your igo pass by post within 10 working days. If you don’t receive it please phone 0161 244 1050. Your igo pass is issued to terms and conditions from TfGM. Click here to see these. (A new link will open to TfGM website).
How to use your Igo Pass
Always show your igo pass to the driver when getting on the bus, and to any other official who asks to see it during your journey.
Please look after your igo pass, as damaged, defaced or out-of-date passes will not be accepted and may even be confiscated. Replacements will be charged for.
Never allow anyone else to use your Igo pass as it will be confiscated. Your Igo pass will be taken off you if you are caught misbehaving when using public transport.
Where can Igo?
You can use your igo pass to travel anywhere on buses in Greater Manchester for the concessionary fare.
If part of your bus journey is outside Greater Manchester you will pay the concessionary fare for the part of the journey in Greater Manchester and a higher fare* for the part of your journey that is not in Greater Manchester. *Costs vary depending on bus company.
If you’re using Metrolink in Greater Manchester, you can also use your igo as a proof-of-age card for child fares.
Visit http://igo.tfgm.com/for more information!