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School travel advice

Updated: 4pm Tuesday 20 October

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We’re actively encouraging commuters and passengers on buses, trams and trains to help pupils and students get to and from school by avoiding the school ‘peak periods’. By not travelling during these periods, you will help free up capacity on public transport and the roads around schools and colleges.

For parents, here are some handy tips and different travel options to help children and students get to and from school on time (and make sure they don’t get a detention for being late!):

  • Rock and roll/stroll! - Walk or cycle to school (especially for shorter distances). This will help free up space for students who live further away to travel by public transport.

  • Bus - Check below on the high frequency bus services which travel on the main roads to and from a school. This will ensure that if one bus is full, your child won't have to wait long for another one.

  • Tram - All services will run to a 10-minute frequency. Check details here.

  • Rail - Check services are running to schedule (at this time of year the weather can affect all transport) and if an earlier service is available.

  • Back-up plan - Make sure they have one! If their bus, tram or train is at capacity or is delayed, how can they get to school? It might be quicker to walk to school or to board another service.

  • Dropping off at school or college by car? - Park up a few streets away so your child can walk the last leg into school. It'll be quicker and safer for everyone. And if you're waiting, please switch off your engine to reduce air pollution.

Below we have highlighted a number of schools and colleges in Greater Manchester where there may be capacity issues on public transport or where road congestion can be a problem.


Bolton


Canon Slade

Bus - Be prepared! As there aren’t many frequent bus services that pass the school, allow plenty of time to arrive at the stop.
The most frequent option is the 507 service which runs every 30 minutes. The 480, 533 and 541 services only run every hour. 

Rail – Hourly service to Hall In’the Wood. Check the status of services before leaving home here.


Bolton UTC

Bus & Rail – The College is only a 10-minute walk from Bolton Interchange. Allow extra time to reach the interchange and walk to the college. The number 7 bus runs every 15 minutes directly to the college for students who live in the Wigan, Westhaughton and Deane areas. Aim to get on this service 15 minutes before you usually would in case a service is full.

Cycling – The college has ample parking to safely store your bike. Cycling to the college will reduce time spent in traffic, is healthy and free!



Bury


The Derby High School, Bury Church of England High School and St Gabriel's RC High School

Bus – The 135 bus service is only a five-minute walk from the schools and connects with Bury, Whitefield, Cheetham Hill and Manchester. Services run every 20 minutes. Check the live times before you leave home and aim to board a service 20 minutes before you usually would.

Walking and Cycling – The schools are only a 20-minute walk from Bury town centre (even quicker on bike). Save money and even time by walking/cycling to school.

Tram - The nearest stop is Bury, a 20-minute walk away from the school. Trams on the Bury line run every 10 minutes. Students should arrive 10 minutes earlier than usual to board a service. Check the next tram time here.

Roads – With all three schools in close proximity to each other congestion in the school travel periods is a common occurrence. Encouraging students to make shorter trips by walking/cycling will help keep everybody moving. If you have to drive students to school drop off a mile away for a short 20-minute walk to school.


Elton High School

Bus – The 469 bus service is only a 5-10 minute walk from the schools and connects with Bury, Walshaw and Tottington. Services run every 10 minutes. Check the live times before you leave home and aim to board a service 10/20 minutes before you usually would.

Walking and Cycling – The schools are only a 30-minute walk from Bury town Centre (even quicker on bike). Save money and even time by walking/cycling to school.

Tram - The nearest stop is Bury, a 30-minute walk away from the school. Trams on the Bury line run every 10 minutes. Students should arrive 10 minutes earlier than usual to board a service. Check the next tram time here


Parrenthorn High School

Bus - The 135 bus service is only a 15-minute walk from the schools and connects with Bury, Whitefield, Cheetham Hill and Manchester. Services run every 20 minutes. Check the live times before you leave home and aim to board a service 20 minutes before you usually would. A less frequent, but direct, service to the school is the 90 and 96 service connecting from Prestwich.

Tram - The nearest stop is Prestwich, a 30-minute walk away from the school. Trams on the Bury line run every 10 minutes. Students should arrive 10 minutes earlier than usual to board a service. Check the next tram time here

Walking and cycling – The schools are only a 30-minute walk from Prestwich (even quicker on bike). Save money and even time by walking/cycling to school.



Manchester


William Hulme and Whalley Range

Bus - From the north (Manchester City Centre/Moss Side) and the south (Withington/Northenden/Whythenshawe) of the school, pupils should board the 101/102/103 services which operate along A5103 Princess Road frequently. These services stop within a couple of minutes’ walk of the schools.
Pupils from the east (Fallowfield) and west (Chorlton/Stretford), should board the 150 service (runs every 30 minutes – get to the stop early).
If travelling from the Chorlton and Whalley Range area the 85 bus runs every 10 minutes – Alight at Alexandra Road and walk the short distance to the school.

Tram – The nearest stop is Withington, a 10-15 minute walk away from the school. Trams on the East Didsbury to Rochdale line run every 10 minutes. Students should arrive 10 minutes earlier than usual to board a service. Check the next tram time here.

Cycling - The school sits a couple of minutes ride away from the segregated Oxford Road corridor cycle route stretching all the way to Didsbury.


East Manchester Academy

Bus – From the east and west of the school use the frequent 10-minute services on Ashton New Road (216 bus) and Ashton Old Road (219 bus) to Alan Turing Way and walk 5-10 minutes to the school. From the north and south of the school the 53 bus runs every 30 minutes. 

Tram – The nearest tram stop to the school is Velopark, a 5-10 minute walk from the school. Trams on the Eccles – Ashton line run every 10 minutes. Students should arrive 10 minutes earlier than usual to board a service. Check the next tram time here.

Roads - The major roadworks continue on Hyde Road in Reddish. Long delays are expected in September. Encouraging students to make shorter trips by walking/cycling will help keep everybody moving. If you have to drive students to school drop off a mile away for a short 20 minute walk to school.


Trinity

Bus – The 85/101 run at least every 10 minutes and go direct to the school. Aim to get on a service 10 minutes earlier than normal as capacity is restricted. The school is also just a 5-10 minute walk from Oxford Road where bus services run every couple of minutes to destinations across Greater Manchester.

Cycling – The school sits a couple of minutes away from the segregated Oxford Road corridor cycle route stretching all the way to Didsbury. To the east of the school students can also travel safely on the segregated cycle route on Stretford Road.

Rail/Tram – The school is only a 15-minute walk from the centre of Manchester. If you can travel into the city by rail/tram (or bus) a short walk will get you to the school.


St Peter's RC High School

Bus – From the east and west of the school, use the frequent 10-minute services on A57 Hyde Road (201/203 services) and the 192 services on A6 Stockport Road which runs every five minutes. The school is under ten minutes' walk from both roads. 

From the north and south of the school, the 53 bus runs every 30 minutes. Alight in Longsight and walk the short trip to the school.

Roads - The major roadworks continue on Hyde Road in Reddish. Long delays are expected in September. Encouraging students to make shorter trips by walking/cycling will help keep everybody moving. If you have to drive students to school drop off a mile away for a short 20 minute walk to school.



Oldham


The Blue Coat CofE School

Bus – The school is only a 10-15 minute walk from Oldham town centre. Students should board services on the main roads towards Oldham for more frequent services. These bus services will likely have more space on them also.

Tram - The nearest stop is Oldham Mumps, a 10-15 minute walk away from the school. Trams on the East Didsbury to Rochdale line run every 10 minutes. Students should arrive 10 minutes earlier than usual to board a service. Check the next tram time here.


Blessed John Henry Newman Roman Catholic College

Bus – The 181/182 run directly to the school along broad connecting Manchester, Moston, Chadderton, Oldham and Shaw. There will be a bus every 30 minutes towards the school so check the timetable before you leave home – It’s recommended you board a service 30 minutes before you normally would to make sure you arrive on time as capacity on all services is limited.

Tram - The nearest stop is South Chadderton, a 20-minute walk away from the school. Trams on the East Didsbury to Rochdale line run every 10 minutes. Students should arrive 10 minutes earlier than usual to board a service. Check the next tram time here

Roads – The roadworks continue on A662 Broadway in Chadderton delays averaging 8-10 minutes are common in school travel periods. Encouraging students to make shorter trips by walking/cycling will help keep everybody moving. If you have to drive students to school drop off a mile away for a short 20-minute walk to school.


The Radclyffe School

Bus – The 59 bus service is only a five- minute walk from the school and connects with Middleton and Oldham. Services run every 15 minutes – Check the live times before you leave home and aim to board a service 15 minutes before you usually would.

Rail – Mills Hill station is a 15-minute walk to the school (or quicker on your bike). Check rail services are running before you leave home and have a backup plan (just in case they are not operating).

Roads – The roadworks continue on A662 Broadway in Chadderton delays averaging 8-10 minutes are common in school travel periods. Encouraging students to make shorter trips by walking/cycling will help keep everybody moving. If you have to drive students to school drop off a mile away for a short 20-minute walk to school.


Oasis Academy Oldham

Bus – The school is only a 15-minute walk from two major roads which are served by frequent bus services. To the west is A62 Oldham Road which students can use the 83 bus connecting from Manchester, Failsworth and Oldham. To the east is Ashton Road and the 409 service connects Ashton, Oldham and Rochdale. Students should aim to board all services before you normally would to make sure you arrive on time as capacity on all services is limited.

Tram - The nearest stop is South Chadderton, a 20-minute walk away from the school. Trams on the East Didsbury to Rochdale line run every 10 minutes. Students should arrive 10 minutes earlier than usual to board a service. Check the next tram time here



Salford


Co-op Academy Walkden

Bus - The V1 and V2 bus service is only a five-minute walk from the schools and connects with leigh, Ellenbrook, Swinton, Salford and Manchester. Services run every 10 minutes. Check the live times before you leave home and aim to board a service 10-20 minutes before you usually would.


St Patrick's RC High School and Arts College

Bus - The 10 and 67 bus service is only a five-minute walk from the schools and connects with Eccles, Salford, Irlam, Cadishead and Manchester. Services run every 10 minutes – Check the live times before you leave home and aim to board a service 10-20 minutes before you usually would.

Rail – Patricroft station is a 10-minute walk to the schools (or quicker on your bike). Check rail services are running before you leave home and have a backup plan (just in case they are not operating).

Roads – The roads around the schools are especially busy in the morning (traffic heading towards the M60). If you have to drive your child to school consider dropping off further away from the school to avoid the congestion.



Stockport


Werneth High School/Harrytown School

Bus – The 383 and 384 services run directly to the school and both services run every 15 minutes from the areas of Stockport, Bredbury, Romiley, Marple and Offerton. Aim to get on a service 15 minutes earlier than normal as capacity is restricted. Check the timetables before you leave home.

Walking and Cycling – The schools are in walking and cycling distance of Bredbury, Woodley and Romiley – It may be quicker than waiting for a bus service and healthier too.

Roads – The roads around the schools are especially busy in the morning (traffic heading towards the M60). If you have to drive your child to school consider dropping off further away from the school to avoid the congestion.


Marple Hall School

Bus – The 383 and 384 services run directly to the school and both services run every 15 minutes from the areas of Stockport, Bredbury, Romiley, Marple and Offerton. Aim to get on a service 15 minutes earlier than normal as capacity is restricted. Check the timetables before you leave home.

Walking and Cycling – The schools are in walking and cycling distance of Marple, Marple Bridge and Offerton Green (up a big hill!). It may be quicker than waiting for a bus service and healthier too.

Rail – Rose Hill Maple station is a 15-minute walk from the school. Students should check their journey is operating before leaving home.



Tameside


Longendale High School

Bus – The school is served by the 236 and 237 services service Ashton-under-Lyne, Stalybridge, Hadfield and Glossop – Students should check timetables before they leave home and get an earlier than usual service to make sure they get to school on time.


Denton Community College

Bus – The 347 & 201 run at least every 10 minutes and will drop you off within a five-minute walk of the school. Aim to get on a service 10 minutes earlier than normal as capacity is restricted. Check the timetables before you leave home.

Roads The major roadworks continue on Hyde Roadin Reddish. Long delays are expected in September. Encouraging students to make shorter trips by walking/cycling will help keep everybody moving. If you have to drive students to school drop off a mile away for a short 20 minute walk to school.



Trafford


Altrincham Grammar School for Boys

Bus - There aren’t many or frequent bus services that go close to the school so it’s essential that if you’re going to use one – That you check the timetable here before leaving home and make sure you’re at the stop 5-10 minutes before the bus is due to arrive. The services that do operate are the Cat5 and the 287 – They run within five minutes’ walk of the school.

Rail – Hale station is a 15-minute walk to the schools (or quicker on your bike). Check rail services are running before you leave home and have a backup plan (just in case they are not operating).

Roads – The roads around the schools are especially busy in the morning (traffic heading towards the M56 and Altrincham). If you have to drive your child to school consider dropping off further away from the school to avoid the congestion.


Saint Ambrose College

Bus - There aren’t many or frequent bus services that go close to the school so it’s essential that if you’re going to use one – That you check the timetable here before leaving home and make sure you’re at the stop 5-10 minutes before the bus is due to arrive. The services that do operate are the 288 (connecting to Didsbury, Northenden and Altrincham and the 88 (connecting to Altrincham, Knutsford and Wilmslow) – They run within two minutes’ walk of the school.

Roads – The roads around the schools are especially busy in the morning (traffic heading towards the M56 and Altrincham). If you have to drive your child to school consider dropping off further away from the school to avoid the congestion.


Altrincham Grammar School for Girls & Loreto Grammar School

Using Public transport? The best way to get to both schools is to walk from Altrincham Interchange which caters for bus, tram and train services.

Tram - The nearest stop is Altrincham, a 10-15 minute walk away from both schools connecting from Manchester, Stretford and Sale. Trams on the Altrincham line run every 10 minutes. Students should arrive 10 minutes earlier than usual to board a service and allow extra time for their walk to the school. Check your tram time here.

Rail – Altrincham station is a 10-15 minute walk to the schools (or quicker on your bike). Check rail services are running before you leave home and have a backup plan (just in case they are not operating). The train connects to Stockport, Manchester, Knutsford and Cheshire stations.

Roads – The roads around the schools are especially busy in the morning (traffic heading towards the M56 and Altrincham). If you have to drive your child to school consider dropping off further away from the school to avoid the congestion.



Wigan


Standish Community High School

Bus – The 362 is only a five-minute walk from Preston Road and run from Wigan town centre, Standish and Cappull. Services run every 15 minutes – Check the live times before you leave home and aim to board a service 15 minutes before you usually would.

Walking and Cycling – The schools are only a 15-minute walk from Standish (even quicker on bike). Save money and even time by walking/cycling to school.


Bedford High School and St Mary’s Catholic High School

Bus – From the east and west of the school use the frequent services that operate on A572 Manchester Road between Leigh and Astley. These include the 34 & 126 & 695 services. Check the live times before you leave home and aim to board a service 20 minutes before you usually would to make sure you get to school on time.

Walking and Cycling – The schools are only a 30-minute walk from Leigh town Centre and Astley (even quicker on bike). Save money and even time by walking/cycling to school.


St Edmund Arrowsmith, Ashton-in-Makerfield and Byrchall High School

Bus – The 320 bus service is only a five-minute walk from the schools and connects with Ashton in Makerfield and Wigan. Services run every 30 minutes – Check the live times before you leave home and aim to board a service 30 minutes before you usually would.

Rail – Bryn station is a 20-minute walk to the schools (or quicker on your bike). Check rail services are running before you leave home and have a backup plan (just in case they are not operating).