• Get to school safely

    All you need to know about school buses and travelling safely

A comprehensive service continues to operate across Go North West’s network despite strike action by some Unite drivers as the company pulls out all the stops to ensure key workers can make essential journeys in Manchester during the pandemic and school children and students can travel to their place of study.

As of 19th April we have increased our frequency to pre-lockdown times and the up to date timetables can be found here Timetables from 19th April

Students may be picked up by different coloured buses as Go North West brings in experienced operators from across the region to run COVID-secure services. Timetables for all dedicated school services can be found below. Parents and students are advised to check service updates before they travel for up-to-date information.

School children only buses

On certain bus services, there will be additional buses marked 'schools only', also know as 'S' services.  These buses will allow children/students only on board. More information on these can be found on TfGM website

Timetables for the Y9, 765 and 791 can be found below.

Fares 

For children travelling on the TfGM dedicated services, Y9, 765 & 791, the normal range of TfGM tickets will be available from the driver.

For children who cannot use a dedicated S service provided by TfGM and use our commercial services our normal range of tickets can be purchased on board * or via our app (IGO conditions apply)

* If using our 67/67A/53 services, there will be a flat single fare of £1 (IGO conditions still apply). GNW tickets can be purchased via the app if that is the cheaper option and the active ticket shown to the driver on boarding.

For children who use multiple operators, then System One tickets will not be available to buy on board the 67/67A/53 services and tickets can be bought from a local paypoint or Travel Shop and can be presented to the driver on boarding. 

System One tickets will be available to buy from the driver on all other routes.

Contactless may not be available on the 67/67A/53 services so we would recommend carrying the correct fare in cash.

Vehicles

GNW buses are still running on some of our routes, however a number of other experienced bus and coach operators are helping to run our services. The vehicles they use will be their own so they may be a bus or coach in their own livery.  The operator will have the destination blind displaying the service number and destination and some may also have a display card in the window. For any children boarding please ensure that they check the display as the vehicle approaches and if unsure flag the bus down and ask the driver who will be able to assist.

Real time tracking on our app and google maps

Tracking information will not be available for services being run by another operator.

Social distancing

In line with Government guidance social distancing will not appy on dedicated school services, so the usual full capacity will be available. Face coverings should be worn on board and in stations and interchanges, unless the child is under 11 or exempt for another reason. Children should follow their school’s or college’s guidance and sit with other members of their own school/college bubble where possible. 

School service Y9 timetable School service 765 timetable School service 791 timetable