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Children attending mainstream schools

We provide free school travel passes to pupils if:

  • They live more than 3 miles from the nearest available school (regardless of faith), they must attend this school in order to be eligible for the pass
  • They are from a low income family and attend one of the three nearest schools of the same faith, this must be over the statutory walking distance which is 2 miles from home to school.

Low income families are classed as those who:

  • Get the full amount of working tax credit or other forms of benefits such as ESA, JSA or income support
  • Have children who get free school meals.

If you would like to check if your child is entitled to a free travel pass, please contact us by filling in our online Travel Pass enquiry form. We will aim to get back to you within 5 working days.

Faith schools

If you are considered low income and your child goes to a faith school, they may be able to get a free school travel pass if they live in a parish belong to that school.

Our list of parishes and the schools they belong to will help you decide if this applies to you.

If you think that your child may be eligible for a free school travel pass, please contact Integrated Transport Unit on 01942 489685.

College travel

If you attend full time courses at college or sixth form, you may be eligible for a reimbursement of up to £50 per academic year if you meet certain criteria. The criteria can be found in the Post 16 Transport Policy.

School buses, routes, fares and replacement bus passes

Please contact Transport for Greater Manchester (external link) on 0161 244 1000 for information on yellow school buses, school bus routes and fares and replacement bus passes.

Children with Special Educational Needs

We can provide assistance with travel from home to school for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Our core principle is to promote sustainable modes of travel for all children and young people in assessing eligibility for assistance.

Assessments will be undertaken on an individual basis before offering the most appropriate support from a range of options including; 

  • Bus pass (and parent fare reimbursed if needed) 
  • Mileage paid to parent/ carer 
  • Independent travel training
  • Taxi or minibus (utilising pick up points)

Dedicated door to door transport will only be offered where all other options are not practical or possible.

If you wish to be assessed for eligibility of travel assistance, please fill out the form below:

Transport provision will be reassessed annually.

Independent travel training

We provide an independent travel training scheme known as Liberty. It is designed to help young people with special educational needs to get more from life by giving them the confidence and skills to travel independently by using public transport.


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