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School Buses

We have just received the latest update from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM):

TfGM is monitoring all of its school bus services to ensure services are maintained where there is still a need.

We’ve been advised that Service 729 has not carried any passengers since December, therefore after today the service will be suspended.


For the latest information about the buses serving Saint Paul’s (including the timetable for school buses from September 2019, routes and times, fare information, contact details plus general information on using the bus and some FAQs) click the link below:


If travelling to and from school on a First Bus, there’s a policy you should be aware of, especially if you are paying for your bus fare using notes.

If the bus driver hasn’t got enough change to give to you, a change voucher will be issued from the ticket machine as a cash value for any change that is due. If you are issued a voucher, please keep it safe and when possible, present it to a driver on another First Bus to exchange for cash.

Please remember to keep your change voucher safe – as without it, you’ll not be able to claim your change.

If you have any queries about this policy, please call First Bus directly on 0161 627 2929 (lines open 0700-1900 Monday to Friday and 0900-1700 Saturday, local call charges apply).

IGO Cards

Students with igo cards can now use get me there to pay for travel on Metrolink. They simply log on to, create an account, add their card, then buy smart tickets in advance to load straight onto their igo card when travelling.

Students that are aged 11 to 16 and live or go to school in Greater Manchester, must have an iGo card to travel using any child ticket on buses in Greater Manchester.

If you have any further questions, please contact TfGM Customer Relations on 0161 244 1000.

Important information about Child Easyrider tickets

From Sunday 2 June Stagecoach is changing the way it sells child 7 day easyrider ticket

If children buy this ticket, the driver will load it onto their igo card instead of giving them a paper ticket.
Children will then need to validate their journey by touching their igo card onto the card reader each time they travel.
The price and the validity of this ticket will remain the same.

What is an igo card?
From the age of 11 until 31 August after their 16th birthday, children can pay child fares on buses in Greater Manchester if they have an igo card. Children must carry their igo card with them in order to travel using a child ticket if they are aged 11-16.

What happens if a child doesn’t have an igo card
If a child is aged between 11 and 16 and does not hold an igo card you cannot purchase an easyrider ticket. You will be asked to pay a £2.00 for each journey you make on a Stagecoach bus or £1.75 on a TfGM School bus service.
To continue to purchase an easyrider ticket children will need to apply to TfGM for an igo card.
Visit to download an application form or get a copy of the form from a TfGM Travelshop.

What happens if a child already has an igo card
All that changes is the way children travel with an igo card:
• The bus driver will load the ticket onto your child’s igo card
• Every time a child catches the bus they will be asked to touch-in on the ticket machine card reader

For further information contact:

Customer Services:
Telephone: 0161 273 3377 (Mon – Fri 08:00 – 17:30)