Could you use local buses more often?

We’re using government funding to share printed bus timetables to encourage local people back onto buses and secure the future of services.

Last month, Government’s £2 cap on bus fares which was due to end on 31 October was extended to 31 December 2024. Councils have been also provided with Government funding to improve public transport and, with bus operators, we are using this to share information with residents about local bus services, and to raise awareness of the benefits of ‘getting back on the bus’.

Across the UK, fewer people have been using buses since the pandemic and in Milton Keynes overall bus use has dropped by around 15%. But the drop is even more significant – down by a third – for local people entitled to concessionary fares.

We have used some of the ringfenced funding to print a travel guide including bus timetables following feedback from some residents that a printed timetable better suits their needs. This will be available in libraries as well as delivered to homes. We continue to publish timetables online as well as an interactive map of stops and an online journey planner.

We’re also partially funding seven local bus routes until at least the end of the year because providers will likely reduce or withdraw these routes unless passenger numbers increase.

These are:

  • Route 21: Linking Olney, Emberton, and other northern parts of Milton Keynes.
  • Route 41: Connecting Milton Keynes with neighbouring authorities via Olney.
  • Route 1: Serving Newport Pagnell, Green Park, and Downs Barn.
  • Route 2: Connecting Newport Pagnell, Poets’ Estate, and Downs Barn.
  • Route 3: Covering Lovat Fields Village.
  • Route 4: Serving Greenleys, Great Holm, and Shenley Church End.
  • Route 7: Linking Oakridge Park and Great Linford

Around 7 million trips were made on Milton Keynes buses in the last year, and around half a million trips were made on MK Connect, where passengers book a shared trip on an accessible MK Connect vehicle. We set up the service in 2021 in response to bus providers withdrawing routes in some areas of the city, and it’s the largest of its kind in the country. Find out more and book a trip at MK Connect.

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