Industrial action expected to disrupt school bus services

Parents and pupils in parts of Manchester, Rochdale, Oldham and Tameside are being encouraged to plan school journeys on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 January, with industrial action expected to impact school bus services operate by First Manchester.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has been working with other operators to cover as many services as possible at short notice, however limited driver availability – due to covid-related staff shortages – means not all services can be.

In total 28 services will not run, affecting the following schools:

  • Alder Community High School
  • Audenshaw
  • Bluecoat
  • Co-op Academy, Manchester
  • Great Academy, Ashton
  • Kingsway Park
  • Longdendale High School
  • Mossley Hollins
  • Newman College
  • Oasis Academy
  • Oasis Leesbrook
  • Our Ladys RCHS
  • Radclyffe School
  • Royton & Crompton
  • St Cuthbert’s
  • St Damian’s
  • Waterhead Academy

Where possible, arrangements have been made with alternative operators for other schools served by First Manchester. Any replacement services that run will display the usual bus service number.

Other commercial bus services operated by First Manchester will also be impacted, and customers are also encouraged to plan their journey in advance and allow extra time.

TfGM’s Customer Director Stephen Rhodes, said: “We understand the concern parents and pupils will have and I want to reassure them that we’re working closely with the operator and the schools affected to limit the disruption to children as much as possible. 

“Unfortunately, due to the very late notice of this industrial action and staff absences that multiple bus operators are experiencing, we have not been able to secure replacements for all routes. Where we can, we have worked to prioritise those schools with no or limited alternative transport options.

“We have travel information available on our website to help people make informed journey choices and to cycle or walk where possible, especially for shorter trips.“

Dedicated travel information pages, containing full information about the services, are available on the TfGM website.

Contact Information

Transport for Greater Manchester Press Office

0161 244 1055