MAYORAL PRECEPT UPDATE: New and enhanced bus routes revealed

We are introducing new bus services and improving existing routes across the region. These improvements are being paid for using the Mayoral Precept. We can now reveal the details of 30 new routes and improvements with the release of new route maps. The routes still need to be procured and individual posters for each route will be released in the summer.

Please use the buttons below to view more information about the routes in each district:

Cambridge City


East Cambridgeshire








South Cambridgeshire


Also, residents under 25 years of age will be able to apply for the £1 fare card from May 28th. We are introducing the £1 fare to help young people get a good education and access to better jobs and training programmes.

Quote from the Mayor

“These new routes will make a real difference to our residents’ lives, helping more people take advantage of good quality public transport for getting to and from their place of work, education or training, and for all the various things we each need and want to do in our personal lives – I’m very grateful to everyone who took part in the consultation and really proud of what this investment will achieve.”

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor
Dr Nik Johnson

Have your say on updated plans for new and enhanced bus routes

We know how important the local bus network is to you

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority is the Local Transport Authority for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We are responsible for transport strategy and passenger transport services across our region.

Our Five Priorities for Buses to keep people connected:

  • Add more buses to the network
  • Provide bus users with better information
  • More reliability across the network
  • Nicer, better quality buses
  • Better value for money for users

Further improvements to our bus network

We have made considerable progress over the last year but we know there is more to do. We have:

  • Invested more money into buses, thanks to the rise in Mayoral Precept
  • Surveyed almost 3,000 bus shelters and stops around the region so that we can start improving the ones that need it
  • Undertaking trials so we can introduce Demand Responsive Transport to better connect rural areas
  • Working with Stagecoach to mitigate the impact of recent cuts to the service they have announced.
  • Provided eco-friendly buses

We are also looking at taking greater control over the network which would enable us to invest more money and choose which routes should run based on their importance to the community rather than just commercial viability. More on this in the coming months.

There are more than 110 bus services in the Combined Authority and 70 bus services are part or totally subsidised by us. These are routes we step in to run directly because none of the bus companies view them to be commercially viable. We believe they are important to keep our communities connected to work, education and essential services.

We have recently carried out a review of those routes so we have a much better understanding of which ones are meeting the needs of the communities and providing value for money. The Combined Authority’s Board recently agreed that of the 70 routes, 19 will be improved, revised or reviewed further to make them attractive for people to use and a better return on investment.

Read The Findings

Click here to read the paper that details the findings from the Network Review, which was approved by the Combined Authority Board on November 29 2023.

Who we are

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority (CPCA) was formed in 2017 and is led by directly elected Mayor Dr Nik Johnson. It is made up of seven local councils and the Business Board which represents local businesses in the area. We work with local public services, Government departments and agencies, universities and business to grow the local economy.

The seven councils are Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Fenland District Council, Huntingdonshire District Council, Peterborough City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council.

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