Welcome to the Hereward Community Rail Partnership

CURRENT TRAVEL ADVICE - Many restrictions ease on 19th July 2021

From Monday 19th July, the Government is lifting more of it’s remaining lockdown restrictions including social distancing and limits on the number of people who can gather indoors or outdoors, as well as encouraging people to return to the office.
Although many restrictions have been lifted, the Government is keeping in place “key protections” – including expecting and recommending the wearing of a face covering in crowded places, including, of course, busy trains and railway stations. If travelling to or within Scotland or Wales, face coverings remain mandatory on public transport (unless you are exempt).
Other advice and measures which are in place include:
– Leave plenty of time for your journey and check services before you travel;
– Plan to travel at quieter times if you can, generally after 0900 or 0930 are better;
– Purchase your ticket either online, via app’s or if at the station, pay by contactless if you can;
– Try to keep your distance from other travellers and staff if you can – while some operators may have removed social distancing markers, passengers are being encouraged to make full use of the platform and train lengths to assist with this;
– Follow public health advice on your journey. For example, cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throw away the tissue in a bin.
– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before and after your journey. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser (many stations will still have these facilities available for passengers use).
– Good ventilation is essential;
– Many train operators will continue with enhanced cleaning regimes in a bid to support the recovery.
– Finally, if experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus, then the advice remains the same – stay at home and do not travel.

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

CURRENT TRAVEL ADVICE - updated 31st December

Travelling within a Tier 4 area

If you live in a Tier 4 area, you must not leave your home unless you have a reasonable excuse

The list of reasons you can leave your home and area include, but are not limited to:

  • work, where you cannot work from home
  • accessing education and for caring responsibilities
  • visiting those in your support bubble – or your childcare bubble for childcare
  • visiting hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
  • buying goods or services from premises that are open in Tier 4 areas, including essential retail, but these should be within your local area wherever possible
  • outdoor recreation or exercise. This should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel a short distance within your Tier 4 area to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)

Travel safely during the coronavirus outbreak

If you do need to travel for a legally permitted reason, here is some advice to help you do so safely.

You must observe social contact rules and wear a face covering* when travelling on public transport in England.

Additional advice when planning your journey includes:

  • travel at off-peak times
  • use quieter stations and stops – get off a stop early if it’s less busy
  • keep changes to a minimum, for example, between bus and train
  • walk for more of your journey, for example the first or last mile
  • book your tickets online in advance or pay by contactless

You can also help control coronavirus by:

  • following social contact rules
  • keeping your distance when you travel, where possible
  • washing or sanitising your hands regularly
  • avoiding the busiest routes, as well as busy times like the rush hour
  • downloading the NHS COVID-19 app before you travel, if possible, and checking in where you see official NHS COVID-19 QR code posters

You must not travel at all if you:

You should not travel if you:

These restrictions apply to England only.

For more information please visit www.gov.uk

*Please note: Some people don’t have to wear a face covering for health, age or disability reasons.

Latest news

Local and national rail related and community news.

All News

5 Mar 2021

Whittlesea Station Platform gets a touch of spring


18 Feb 2021

Apprenticeship Opportunity – EMR is looking for Fleet Engineers of the future


11 Feb 2021

EMR launches annual ‘Build Back Better’ Competition to win £5,000


4 Feb 2021

More Seats on Cross Country Trains from May 2021


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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