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Travelling to St John Rigby College

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Travel by Bus

There are 3 main ways to travel by bus:

1. St John Rigby College Private Buses – An SJR bus pass is required.

2. Transport for Greater Manchester Buses (Commercial/Contracted) – An ‘Ourpass’ or payment on the bus is required. Please visit for 16-18 bus passes.

3. Public Buses – A student pass relevant to the bus company e.g. an ‘Ourpass’ for Greater Manchester or Student Saver Pass for Arriva buses, or payment on the bus.

Timetable information may change throughout the year, any changes will be updated on our website and students will be informed of any changes throughout the year by text/email.  If you have any queries relating to transport please email

Travel by Train

Gathurst Station is just a 10-15 minute walk from St John Rigby College.  Please see for timetables and to see if trains run from your local station to Gathurst Station (not Orrell Station).  

If you choose to travel by train, Transport for Greater Manchester offer a 16-19 Scholar’s pass which allows students to travel paying child fares, for more information please visit Scholar’s permit | Transport for Greater Manchester  

Trainline also offer 50% travel for 16-17 year olds, for more information please visit 16-17 Saver (

Walk or Cycle

If you choose to cycle to college, there is an area designated for bicycles adjacent to the student car park.  Please note this is not a secure area, therefore students using this area will be doing so at their own risk.

Travel by Car or Motorbike

Own car/motorbike – parking is available to Y13 students on the student car park.  Parking spaces are limited, therefore parking is on a first come, first served basis and your car details must be registered at reception.  If there are no spaces when you arrive at college, you must park in a legal, safe place which is respectful to our neighbours and please be mindful of traffic.

Drop off / pick up – Students must be dropped off or picked up on the Student Car Park.  Please note that dropping off or picking up is not allowed in the bus bay.   It is therefore advised that at the end of the day, you arrange a time to be collected when the car park is emptier e.g. after the buses have left the bus bay; after 4:15pm where possible.

Disability parking – There are a limited number of disability parking spaces.  Please note that unless the parent/carer/visitor is attending college for a visit/meeting, these spaces are only designated for picking up/dropping off students with a disability.

Driving directions

Click on the name of your high school below to see a Google map of how to drive to St John Rigby College.

If your high school is not listed, please email

Dean Trust Wigan
Albany Academy
Bedford High School
Bishop Rawstorne Academy
Burscough Priory
Byrchall High School
Cansfield High School
Culcheth High School
Deanery High School
Fred Longworth High School
Golborne High School
Hawkley Hall High School
Haydock High School
Hindley Community High School
Holy Cross Catholic High School
Hope Academy
Lathom High School
Lowton Church of England High School
Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Engineering College
Parklands High School
Dean Trust Rose Bridge
Shevington High School
Southlands High School
St Bede’s Catholic High School
St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School
St John Fisher Catholic High School
St Joseph’s Catholic High School
St Michael’s High School
St Peter’s Catholic High School
Standish High School
Up Holland High School
Westhoughton High School
Westleigh High School

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If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

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