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.

We value our bus services which is why we have adopted Five Priorities for Buses which puts us on the road to better buses.

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

That is why we are proposing to invest up to £2.3 million into improving service so we can keep people connected and make sure the bus routes that are important to the community can keep running. We are also continuing to support the national scheme to cap fares at £2 until the end of 2024 to help bus users struggling with the cost-of-living crisis.

Thank you for telling us about the bus route you would like enhanced or introduced. In total more than 700 people took part.

We are now reviewing your feedback and looking at which routes can be improved.

Click here to read about our proposals for improving routes on the network.

Quote from the Mayor

I am absolutely committed to improving buses for the community. I know just how important they are to local people, helping you get to school and college, medical appointments, shopping and meeting friends. They are the lifeblood of our community. But we also need your help. The more frequently you use the buses, the more commercially viable they become and we can reduce our subsidies.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor
Dr Nik Johnson

Further improvements to our bus network

We are considering bringing the entire bus network under our control. It would mean we could:

  • Invest more money into buses
  • Set our own fares
  • Choose which routes should run based on their importance to the community rather than just commercial viability
  • Improve bus stops and shelters and build more bus depots
  • Provide better, more eco-friendly buses
  • Put in place Our Five Priorities for Buses

One Combined Authority area has already taken control of their network, and a number of other areas are actively taking steps to bring their bus networks under public control. The Combined Authority are planning to ask residents for their opinion on the future of buses in CPCA in the Spring.

Tell us why the local bus is important to you


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.

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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