Welcome to the Hereward Community Rail Partnership

Hereward joins national campaign encouraging people to 'Go Green by Train'

Hereward Community Rail Partnership

We are a partnership of local councils, train operators, railway user groups, station adoption groups and local residents who look after the Hereward Line in Fenland, Cambridgeshire. What we do:

  • Promote local rail services and stations
  • Support station adopters and adopter groups
  • Engage with train operating companies to identify service improvements
  • Make small improvements to local stations
  • Enable local people to have their say about railways in their area
  • Encourage greater use of the railway to travel both to and from our area
Find out more

Listen to Greater Anglia's fabulous new podcast all about the Hereward Line!

“From a famous Anglo-Saxon rebel fighter, to slippery eels and a dancing bear, there’s plenty to explore along the Hereward Line.”

While we cannot get out and about right now this first episode of  Greater Anglia’s Lives on the Lines series takes you on a railway journey across the Cambridgeshire fens travelling along the Hereward Line from the comfort of your armchair.

And listen out for our very own Station Adopter Geoff Howes talking about Whittlesey followed later in the programme by Steve Emery, Hereward CRP Steering Group representative for Manea!

Hereward Line Podcast


Latest news as of 20th December

Due to the latest Government advice and the suggestion to work from home, some train operators are offering a reduced timetable with immediate effect.
Please ensure you check train times before you plan to travel:

Greater Anglia – Service Alterations | Greater Anglia
East Midlands Railways – Train timetables | EMR | East Midlands Railway
Cross Country Trains – Updated UK Train Times & Timetables | CrossCountry (crosscountrytrains.co.uk)

Additionally, before you travel:

– Do not travel if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, are self-isolating as a result of coronavirus symptoms, are sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms or if you’re clinically extremely vulnerable and cannot shield during your journey & have been advised by the NHS test and trace service that you should self-isolate. Please check the NHS website for information.​
– Buy your ticket online before you get to the station, so that you minimise your time at the station.
– Please try and adjust your journey to avoid the busiest times, if possible.

When travelling

– Follow all Government and NHS hygiene guidance.
– Wash your hands.
– Cough or sneeze into your elbow or tissue – and throw tissues in the bin.
– There should be liquid soap available at all staffed stations and on-train toilets. Hand sanitiser  should be available at all staffed stations which have a ticket office. Please bring your own hand sanitiser if it isn’t available at your station.
– Comply with any queuing and one-way systems.
– If you need to buy your ticket at the station, please use contactless payment.
– Please put all rubbish in bins so that train and station cleaners can spend more time cleaning than litter-picking. If you’re wearing a face mask or gloves, please don’t discard them on the train or at the stations.
– Listen to train and station staff. They’re trying to keep us all safe.
– Stand back and let people off the train before you board the train. Use all available doors and move down the train.

Latest news

Hereward CRP is joining other community partnerships and volunteer groups across Britain to spearhead a national campaign highlighting sustainable travel as a key factor in tackling the climate crisis, in the build up to COP26.

Community Rail Week, organised by Community Rail Network and sponsored by Rail Delivery Group, is the first event of its kind in the UK and will see hundreds of local partnership projects and volunteers getting involved to promote green travel by train during 18 - 24 October.

All News

5 Nov 2021

New drone film give a birds eye view of Fenland Railway Stations projects


5 Nov 2021

Greater Anglia release latest “Life on Rails” podcast


19 Oct 2021

Hereward joins national campaign encouraging people to ‘Go Green by Train’ to help tackle climate emergency


29 Sep 2021

Hereward CRP join colleagues from across the region’s CRP’s to celebrate being shortlisted for award nomination


Wildlife and Environment Video

Discover the nature along your railway line. East Anglia's Community Rail Partnerships help to keep the branch lines thriving and along with volunteer Station Adopters, are working to increase biodiversity and habitats for wildlife at Greater Anglia stations.

Explore the Hereward line

Click on a station below for more information.

  • Peterborough Station sign

    Peterborough Station

    Peterborough is the Cathedral City station at the beginning of our Hereward Line. It is located 76 miles down the East Coast Main Line from London King’s Cross.

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  • Whittlesea Station

    Whittlesea Railway Station serves the town of Whittlesey and is the first Fenland station along the Hereward Line. It is located 5.5 miles from Peterborough and has direct services to Ipswich, Birmingham, Cambridge and Stansted Airport.

    Image courtesy of Peter Anderson

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  • March Station

    March Station

    March is the largest of our three Fenland Stations situated in the middle of our Hereward Line.

    March Railway Station is also the home of the Friends of March Railway Station (FOMRS) Station Adopter Group.

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  • Manea Station

    Manea Railway Station is situated between March and Ely Stations and is the third and Fenland Station on the Hereward Line.

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  • Ely Tourism

    Ely Station

    Ely railway station is the final station on the Hereward Line, serving the Cathedral city of Ely, Cambridgeshire.

    The Isle of Ely was the stronghold held for a time for Hereward the Wake against William the Conqueror.

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