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517 Service withdrawn  

Transport for Greater Manchester have informed the school that the 517 service will be withdrawn from Monday 27th January.

The following revised services will start from Monday 27th January to replace the 517 route.  

The 918 AM school journey that currently starts from Daisy Hill will be extended to start in Atherton and the route revised in Westhoughton to serve Washacre and Southfield Drive no longer serving Market Street.  The other 918 journeys are unaffected.

505 PM school journey has likewise been revised.   

Please click here to view the updated routes 

574 & 615 Services 

Transport for Greater Manchester  (TFGM) have informed the school of amendments to the 574 & 615 bus services.

TFGM are adding an additional 574 service to meet the demand and to facilitate this, they have combined the two 615 journeys to serve both the Upper and Lower School sites. 

One of the 574 services will operate from Rivington and Blackrod High School and the other will operate from the Lower School.

For an updated timetable please click here

These changes will take effect as of 17/09/2018.

918 Service 

Please note that there have been changes to the 918 bus service to Westhoughton.

The 918 morning service will continue to run as per the timetable, however the afternoon service has now been replaced by an extended 505 service.  

Students will need to board the 505 service to return home at the end of school.

Please click here to view the full timetable.

This service is organised and run by Transport for Greater Manchester - please see the website https://www.tfgm.com/tickets-and-passes/bus-school-bus-services for further information.  Should you wish to discuss this service, please contact TFGM directly.

School Bus Fares

There are some upcoming changes to Transport for Greater
Manchester’s (TfGM) school bus service fares, which are increasing in line with

From September 2018, the following fare changes will apply:

• Single fares will increase from £1.30 to £1.35;
• Non Igo fare will increase from £1.70 to £1.75;
• Return tickets will increase from £2.20 to £2.30; and
• Weekly tickets will increase from £7 to £7.30.

Full details on this and also those services where school returns and school weekly
tickets are available/accepted are provided on the TfGM website www.tfgm.com

If you require any further information regarding school bus fares, please contact
TfGM on 0161 244 1000.

By Bus

We thought it may be useful to you to know about Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) Route Explorer; which is now live on www.tfgm.com/route-explorer. This asks people where they want to go and then shows them all the direct bus services that they can catch, when they leave, where the nearest bus stops are and how they can link up with trams and trains.

Route Explorer, which works on smartphones, tablets and PCs, is TfGM’s latest digital product designed to make life easier for anyone who wants to make a journey in Greater Manchester.

Once Route Explorer has found the start and end points of a direct journey, it links to an online bus timetable library, sending passengers to the timetable they need. The map shows the route and all the stops along the way, as well as nearby tram and rail stations.

Although it currently only searches for direct bus services, once you’ve got into the tool, you’ll find there are many ways to use Route Explorer to explore the bus network and identify opportunities to connect between other bus, tram and rail services.  For any further information
or for details of bus routes to the school please visit www.gmpte.com or telephone 0161 228 7811 or click on the link 'School Bus Timetable' 

By Rail

Northern Rail operates services to Middlebrook and Blackrod Train Station. For timetable information, visit the Network Rail Website.

By Air

Both Manchester Airport and Liverpool John Lennon Airports are the nearest airports operating scheduled and charter services to the North West. Please visit their website for information.

Directions to Upper School Site

From the M61, junction 6 take the A6027 past the Macron stadium, take the left fork at the Beehive roundabout along the A673 signposted for Horwich. Continue along this road passing the Fire Station on your left until you reach a mini-roundabout, go straight past and take the first right into Lever Park Avenue. Travel along this road which joins into Rivington Lane, the school is situated on your right.

*Please note Car Parking is limited so you may have to park on Rivington Lane*.

Please refrain from parking in front of the bollards at the bottom of the main drive from 3pm onwards, as this causes an obstruction to any emergency vehicles needing to enter the site.

Directions to Lower School and the Pathway Centre

 From the M61, junction 6 take the A6027 past the Macron stadium, take the left fork at the Beehive roundabout along the A673 signposted for Horwich. Continue along this road passing the Fire Station on your left until you reach a mini-roundabout. At the roundabout take the third exit to Lee Lane and take the first road on the left hand side. Take the first road on the right hand side and our Lower School site and the Pathway Centre is on the left. Parking is available on the road.

Alternatively go to Multimap for further directions.