Bus Services to and from The Barlow
An introduction to bus local bus services and concessionary fares for students in Greater Manchester
Passengers can pay a fare to the driver for each journey shown on this timetable. However, students will need to show an IGO pass to travel at the concessionary (reduced) fare. If students do not have an IGO pass, they will have to pay a higher fare.
Most of the journeys shown in this timetable are funded by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). The majority of TfGM funded services charge a standard fare, although some journeys do have additional fare bands. Daily return tickets are available on many services. In some cases, the return ticket can also be used for travel on other journeys which serve similar areas – even if it is provided by a different operator.
If a daily return ticket is available on TfGM funded services, students can also buy a weekly scholars ticket, which costs £6.50. These are available from the bus driver on all services where they are applicable. To help the driver, please try to have the correct fare when buying your ticket.
A summary of fares and ticketing information on all school services included in this timetable can be found at:
There are also a small number of TfGM funded services where the operator sets the fares. You will need to check with the operator what fares are available.
Secondary School Travel Pass:
Yellow School Buses:
* From September 2019 students will be able to use their IGO pass on the Yellow School Bus. This is due to the low uptake of the Yellow Bus Service. You won’t be required to complete an applicaiton form.
The Yellow School bus service routes for 2021:
The IGO Pass:
All students between the ages of 11 and 16 need an IGO pass if they wish to travel at the concessionary (reduced fare) rate on buses.
The IGO pass is like an ID card and proves that the student is aged 16 or under. It must be carried on all journeys and shown to the driver before paying the fare.
The IGO pass costs £10 and can only be bought by students who live, or go to school in Greater Manchester.
More information on IGO and an application form to get an IGO pass is on the TfGM website at http://igo.tfgm.com
(Please note: students who are entitled to a free Scholars Travel Pass for journeys between home and school and students aged between 16 and 19 who have a Scholars Concessionary Pass, do not need an IGO Pass for these journeys)