Travel safely during the Coronavirus outbreak
For a quick at a glance guide to help understand how to travel safely during Coronavirus (Covid-19) access the GOV.UK passenger-guidance-infographic.
For more detailed Government guidance visit GOV.UK for Safer Travel Guidance for Passengers.
Revised Bus Services During Coronavirus Period
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, bus companies are making temporary changes to their timetable. Please check with your bus company before travelling.
There are over 40 routes running through Milton Keynes to improve sustainable accessibility around the area. Bus stops are located in all estates and at key destinations including train stations, shopping centres, business and industrial parks.
Buses to locations such as Bedford, Luton, Leighton Buzzard, Northampton, Aylesbury and further afield destinations such as Oxford or Cambridge are available from Milton Keynes.
You’ll be pleased to hear that there are now a number of buses in MK which have USB charging for your smart phone or tablet and provide free wi-fi too, so you can stay in touch and catch up with work while you travel.
Milton Keynes Council subsidises a number of services, particularly in the evening and at weekends in order to ensure a good network for our users.
Most buses in Milton Keynes are low floor and accessible.
Our new interactive journey planner lets you plan your journey more accurately than ever before, locate bus stops and see timetable and ticketing information for when your bus is due to arrive so you can plan your journey more accurately.
Low cost ride sharing
Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, ViaVan have temporarily suspended its pooled ride service in Milton Keynes as of 27 March 2020.
For essential travel, all temporary bus timetables are available online, but please continue to check regularly before travel.
ViaVan are currently operating in the Milton Keynes area and can carry up to 7 users in their vehicles. Milton Keynes Council is working with ViaVan on delivery of 30 electric vehicles in the area and looking at solutions for users with wheelchairs and scooters. Download the app via Apple or Play stores for the demand responsive service. No pre -booking available at present.
A trial is being conducted by MKC and ViaVan as part of the Council’s bus Network review. This takes the form of a pilot scheme running from now until late September in the Emerson Valley, Furzton and Tattenhoe areas, where ViaVan are capping their commercial fare at £2.50 and MKC is paying for ENCTS card holder journeys for the pilot period. MKC wants to understand whether this might be an alternative to traditional supported bus services in some areas.
Detail on how the scheme works, the area it applies to, and general information on ViaVan as a demand responsive service can be found here
ENCTS cardholders within the scheme area who are unable to access the app can call MK Community Transit on 01908 252266 between 9am-4pm Mon-Fri for assistance with bookings during the pilot. You will be required to give your card number on booking.
At this time, the pilot is unable to accommodate pre-booking, wheelchairs and concessions other than the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme, although if it successful we would look to resolve these limitations moving forward.
Get a taxi
For many people it is possible to use a combination of buses, trains, cycling and walking to reach most destinations in Milton Keynes. But sometimes that’s just not practical and a taxi will fill the gap. Major train stations and CMK have taxi ranks and there are also a number of reputable private hire/mini cab firms in MK. Use the councils public registers list to find a licensed taxi firm or driver.