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Parents issued school bus reminder

We are urging parents and guardians to take action and book places for their children on yellow school bus services for the next academic year.

Due to high levels of demand applications received before 30 June are more likely to be allocated a place. From this date onwards if a bus is fully allocated no further places will be made available.

Applications for the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Yellow School Bus services, which exceeded 6,500 last year, can be completed online from Saturday 1 June. Anyone without internet access can call 0161 244 1000 for more information.

Parents can choose their preferred option from the 67 dedicated yellow school bus routes

Parents and guardians across the region are being urged to take action and book places for their children on school bus services for the next academic year.

Due to high levels of demand applications received before 30 June are more likely to be allocated a place. From this date onwards if a bus is fully allocated no further places will be made available.

Applications for the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Yellow School Bus services, which exceeded 6,500 last year, can be completed online from Saturday 1 June. Anyone without internet access can call 0161 244 1000 for more information.

Parents can choose their preferred option from the 67 dedicated yellow school bus routes.
Pupils should ensure that they either already have an igo card or have applied for an igo card in order to use the service. Children without an igo card will not be allowed to pay the concessionary fare on a Yellow School Bus.

Since their introduction in 2003, Greater Manchester’s yellow school buses have taken millions of car journeys off the road and proved successful in tackling on-bus anti-social behaviour.
Children using yellow school buses have a guaranteed safety-belt fitted seat every day, while vehicles have interior and exterior CCTV video recorders and will usually have the same driver every day.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s Interim Head of Bus Services, Alison Chew, said: “Places on Yellow School Buses are limited so it’s important to remember that failure to either apply for a new place or renew an existing place could see children miss out on a place.

“I would therefore advise parents to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

“Our Yellow School Buses are a great way to travel, providing children and their parents with a safe, reliable and environmentally friendly alternative to the school run.”

The portal may open again after the initial month-long period, but only for services that still have spaces available.

The hybrid-electric buses – which cost £210,000 each – were part-funded by the government’s Green Bus Fund and reduce harmful emissions by up to 35% compared to diesel buses.

Buses can seat between 52 and 67 students, with a regular driver who recognises registered passengers, reducing behaviour problems. All drivers are specially trained in customer care and disability awareness.

To make an application or obtain more information on yellow school buses, visit the TfGM Yellow School bus page.

Contact Information

Helena Hornby

Communications Officer

Transport for Greater Manchester

helena.hornby@tfgm.com