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Services in Fowlmere and beyond

Getting Around – Cycling, Busses, Trains and more

Information on getting around

Getting Around

26 bus in Fowlmere

Fowlmere is served by regular bus services to Cambridge, Royston, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Foxton and Melbourn. Local train services include Foxton to Cambridge (10 mins) and Royston to London (50 mins). Coach services run to a number of destinations from Trumpington Park & Ride. There are also many local destinations conveniently accessible by bicycle, and a volunteer-run community transport scheme.

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Bus services

Centrebus 26 (Royston–Cambridge)

Royston-Cambridge bus map (26 service)

Royston-Cambridge bus map (26 service)

Timetable

Fares: £2.00 (single, Royston), £2 (single, Cambridge) — these are discounted fares under the government’s bus subsidy scheme (1 Jan-31 Mar 2023).

The 26 bus offers a two-hourly service to Cambridge (via Foxton, Harston and Trumpington) which takes 30 minutes, and to Royston (via Melbourn). The bus timetable can be viewed online or in printable form.

The 26 route to Cambridge provides access to Foxton Station, Harston Surgery, Trumpington Park & Ride, Waitrose (Trumpington), St Faith’s School, the Nuffield Hospital, the Botanic Garden, The Leys School and Cambridge city centre.

In the Royston direction it provides access to the Melbourn garden centres, Melbourn village centre (for shops, the Surgery & Dental Practice and the Melbourn Hub), Royston town centre and Royston Station (with a short walk).

The bus stop for the Cambridge direction is located just outside the Swan House Inn (now the Saffron Indian Restaurant). The stop for the Royston direction is immediately opposite.

The bus occasionally leaves one or two minutes early so please arrive a few minutes ahead of time.

Location information for this and many other buses across the Cambridge area can be viewed in real time using the Smart Cambridge Live Bus Map and Live Bus Stop Map.

A2B 31 (Fowlmere–Addenbrooke’s)

Bus map for 31 service

Timetable | Buses to Addenbrooke’s

This service runs to Addenbrooke’s every 2 hours until lunchtime (via Thriplow, Newton, Hauxton and the Shelfords), with return services running until 5.00pm.

In addition, the first service of the day at 7.27am runs through to Cambridge, providing access for students in the village to Hills Road and Long Road sixth-form colleges, and there is a return service from Cambridge at 4.30pm. The timetable can be viewed online or in printable form.

The bus occasionally leaves one or two minutes early so please arrive a few minutes ahead of time.

There is no live information available for the 31 service on the Smart Cambridge live maps.

Unfortunately, neither bus service runs on Sundays or Bank Holidays.

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Train services

Live departures: Foxton | Shepreth | Royston | Whittlesford
London services: Foxton | Shepreth | Royston | Whittlesford

Fares to London: from £17.25 adult return with railcard, from £26.20 adult return without railcard, from £31.70 family return with railcard

The two closest National Rail stations are at Foxton (2.5 miles) and Shepreth (2.5 miles). Foxton has no dedicated parking. Shepreth has a very small carpark.

Royston station (6 miles) has ample parking and faster trains. There are 4 direct services per hour from Royston to London, the fastest taking 50 minutes.

Whittlesford Parkway station (9 miles) provides access to Stansted Airport and London Liverpool Street.

Various railcards are available which reduce the cost of off-peak travel, typically giving 1/3 off ticket prices.

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Coach services

The nearest coach station is at Trumpington Park & Ride, which can be reached by car (10 mins), bus (20 mins) and bicycle (30 mins).

The following National Express coach services run from Trumpington Park & Ride:

  • 727 Great Yarmouth → Heathrow Airport
  • 492 Norwich → London (via Stansted & Heathrow Airports)
  • 075 Bury St Edmunds → London (via Stansted Airport)

These provide direct services to a number of destinations including London (Victoria Coach Station), Stansted & Heathrow Airports, Norwich, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket, Mildenhall, Thetford & Great Yarmouth.

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Getting around by bicycle

For short journeys around Fowlmere and to the villages nearby, using a bicycle is ideal as it is healthy, low cost and helps to make our roads safer. Our neighbouring villages are readily accessible by bicycle, and Cambridge is also within reach for commuting or leisure trips. Click here for routes and times to nearby villageslocal shopscafes and pubs.

Typical journey times are:

Thriplow – 6 mins
Foxton – 10 mins
Shepreth – 11 mins
Melbourn – 16 mins
Newton – 12 mins
Harston – 18 mins

Cambridge – 45 mins

The track from Thriplow across the M11 bridge (The Drift) provides access to Whittlesford (18 mins) and Sawston (30 mins). This route can become muddy in very wet conditions.

Our nearest two secondary schools are also within reach by bicycle: Melbourn Village College (15 mins) and Sawston Village College (30 mins).

Local shops are accessible by bicycle in Thriplow (6 mins), Foxton (10 mins), Melbourn garden centres (11 mins), Melbourn centre (16 mins) and Meldreth (18 mins).

In 2021 the Parish Council installed cycle stands at The Butts, The Chequers, the Village Hall, the Cemetery and the Tennis Courts.

For journey planning further afield, cyclestreets.net is very useful.

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Community transport

Royston & District Community Transport offers door-to-door transport to people who are unable to use conventional public transport for reasons of age, frailty, impaired mobility or the lack of public transport, and do not have the use of a car. Transport is provided by a network of local volunteers.

Fowlmere Parish Council supports the provision of this service for the local community with an annual contribution.

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