Bus Services to and from The Barlow
An introduction to School buses 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.
Yellow School Buses
This timetable also shows the journeys operated by Yellow School
Yellow School Bus journeys have special travel conditions and
can only be used by students who hold a Yellow School Bus passwhich
is valid for that journey (in addition to an IGO pass).
Students who wish to use a Yellow School Bus should go to
for details on how to apply for a pass.
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
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 £5 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)