Community transport

Changes to bus services

All current bus timetables can be found on the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority's website.

What is community transport?

The definition of community transport is quite broad. It generally refers to transport provided by voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations, using a combination of volunteers and paid staff. Community transport can include: Dial-A-Ride services using wheelchair accessible minibuses; village-based community car schemes where local people use their own car to transport others for a small fee; moped and mobility scooter hire.

Who can use community transport?

Community Transport is for anyone of any age who does not have their own transport and who cannot access public transport services easily. In South Cambridgeshire, the people who use these services are generally older people, those with a disability and those who are isolated because of the rural nature of the district. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

The main services available to South Cambridgeshire residents are featured in our South Cambridgeshire Transport Directory 2021 [PDF, 3MB]. The leaflet includes maps of the district showing which services cover which villages. Copies of the leaflet are available from the Communities Team on (01954) 713 070. 

You can also contact the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority's Community Transport Officer about your transport needs on 01223 790149. Alternatively, follow the link to the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Community Transport web pages or download the A to Z guide to Community Transport in the City and South Cambridgeshire. [PDF]

Community Transport Strategy

The aim of our Community Transport Strategy [PDF] is to encourage more people living, working and socialising in South Cambridgeshire to make use of the local community transport services. Our evidence base [PDF] and action plan [PDF] are both available to view.

Below are details of just some of the schemes featured in our leaflet.

The Voluntary Network 

Contact Name: Peter Lawson 
The Old Courts, 147 All Saints Rd 
Newmarket, Suffolk
Contact Number: 01638 664304 

The Voluntary Network operate a Dial a Ride service covering selected South Cambridgeshire villages of:

Linton, West Wickham, Great Wilbraham, Weston Colville, Carlton, West Wratting, Horseheath, Castle Camps, Weston Green, Abington, Balsham.

Our service provides a safe, comfortable and Covid 19 secure travel for passengers who are unable to access the usual public transport, due to disability, location etc.

Our drivers are fully trained and insured to ensure all passengers, including wheelchair users are carried safely and in comfort. We offer a door to door service, Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.

There is a joining fee of £15 renewable yearly and the fares compare favourably to local busses.

Visit the voluntary network website for more information.

Royston & District Community Transport

Contact Name: Pru Burton 
Royston Hospital
London Road
Contact Number: 01763 245228 (telephone, fax & SMS text number)
Visit the Royston transport website for more information

Offers a community car scheme for medical and social purposes to villages in the south west of South Cambridgeshire district. Also offers wheelchair accessible transport using their MPV vehicle, or a 16 seater minibus for groups or clubs.

Community car schemes

There are so many of these across the district that it would be impossible to list them all separately. They are run by local volunteers who sign up to the County Council's safety and operational guidelines and offer people transport using their own cars. A small fee is paid by the passenger towards costs. For further information about these schemes, either download the South Cambridgeshire Transport Directory 2021, [PDF, 3.5MB] or contact Care Network Cambridgeshire for further information through their South Cambridgeshire Development Officer on 01954 211919.

Help with travel costs for healthcare

You may be able to claim a refund under the 'Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme' (HTCS) of the cost of travelling to hospital or other NHS premises for NHS-funded treatment or diagnostic test arranged by a doctor or dentist. More information can be found here at the NHS for England website.

Transport projects

The Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority have produced a Local Transport Plan that captures our ambitions and commitments for travel in the region. For further information please visit the Local Transport Plan website 

Among the new services developed to meet the needs of those living between Comberton and Gamlingay is a Demand Responsive Transport service, operated by Huntingdonshire Association for Community Transport (HACT) Monday to Saturday, known as Service 28. This makes two scheduled fixed route journeys from Gamlingay in the morning, the first connecting with the Stagecoach 18 service at Kingston for onward travel to Cambridge and then a later service to Comberton on school days.

In the evening two scheduled fixed route journeys are made to cover peak demand, the first connecting at Cambourne and the second at Comberton for onward journeys to Gamlingay, with the later service going on to Eltisley.

At other times  residents living in Eltisley, Croxton, Caxton, Longstowe, Abbotsley, Waresley, Gamlingay, Little Gransden, Great Gransden, Arrington, Croydon, Orwell, Wimpole, Great Eversden, Little Eversden, East Hatley and Hatley St George can book their journeys by phoning HACT on 01480 411 114, by 1pm the day before travel, to St Neots, Cambourne or anywhere within the Roam Zone or to make connections to services going farther afield. In addition the No. 28 makes a scheduled Thursday service from Cambourne to St Neots (via Gamlingay). No bookings are needed on scheduled services. 

Due to the high demand for the market day service to St Neots, there is an additional bus service, the C2 (operated Myalls) which runs between the Hatleys and St Neots on Thursdays, providing additional capacity along the route between Longstowe and St Neots. Leaflets giving routes and timetables are available from parish councils and current timetables can always be viewed on the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority's website

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