Guidance

Hereward community rail line

Community rail line service between Peterborough and Ely.

Documents

Hereward Line: prospectus

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Hereward Line: map

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Detail

The Hereward Line runs from Peterborough to Ely, linking East Anglia to the Midlands. Most trains continue beyond Peterborough to Leicester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool. Trains continue beyond Ely to Norwich, Cambridge and Stansted.

Hereward the Wake c.1035 to c.1072 was an 11th century leader of local resistance to the Norman conquest of England.

Route data

Region East
Locale Cambridgeshire
Stations 5
Length 29.25 miles
Journey time About 41 minutes — one way
Route type Secondary branch line
Designation Service
Pilot project No
Designation date 22 December 2015
Partnership Hereward Line Community Rail Partnership
Operator(s) Abellio Greater Anglia, CrossCountry, East Midlands

The Hereward Line serves the following 5 stations:

  • Peterborough
  • Whittlesea
  • March
  • Manea
  • Ely

Community rail designation

The Hereward Line was designated as a community rail service by the Department for Transport in 2015. Ely and Peterborough rail stations fall outside the designation.

Network Rail Strategic Route Plan

The Hereward Line has been identified as a secondary branch line within Network Rail’s East Anglia (D) strategic route plan.

The Hereward Line Community Rail Partnership

The Hereward Line Community Rail Partnership was established in October 2012 to promote the line and improve the services and stations.

The Peterborough-Ely-Norwich Rail User Group (PENRUG) also help to improve the service and encourage rail travel.