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 2022 [PDF, 4MB]. 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 07874 861259 Alternatively, follow the link to the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Community Transport web pages.

Some community transport networks are below.

The Voluntary Network 

Contact Name: Peter Lawson 
The Old Courts, 147 All Saints Road. Newmarket. Suffolk. CB8 8HH
Contact Number: 01638 664 304 
Email: info@thevoluntarynetwork.org

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

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

Our service provides safe and comfortable travel for passengers who are unable to access the usual public transport, due to disability and location, for example.

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 buses.

Visit the voluntary network website for more information.

Royston & District Community Transport

Contact Name: Pru Burton 
Royston Hospital. London Road. Royston. Hertfordshire. SG8 9EN
Contact Number: 01763 245 228 (telephone, fax & SMS text number)
Email: info@roytrans.co.uk
Visit the Royston transport website for more information

This service offers a community car scheme for medical and social purposes to villages in the south-west of the South Cambridgeshire district. There is wheelchair accessible transport using an MPV vehicle, or a 16-seater minibus for groups or clubs.

Apply for a bus pass

You can apply for a bus pass online.

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 2022 [PDF, 4MB], [PDF, 3.5MB] or contact Care Network Cambridgeshire for further information through their South Cambridgeshire Development Officer on 01954 211 919.

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

At other times residents living in the following villages 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.

  • Eltisley
  • Croxton
  • Caxton
  • Longstowe
  • Abbotsley
  • Waresley
  • Gamlingay
  • Little Gransden
  • Great Gransden
  • Arrington
  • Croydon
  • Orwell
  • Wimpole
  • Great Eversden
  • Little Eversden
  • East Hatley
  • Hatley St George

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.