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Milton Keynes launches ride-sharing trial

Trial will help the council understand whether shared ride services could complement Milton Keynes’ bus network as part of its review later this year.

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Trial will run in partnership with ViaVan, which runs a shared ride service across Milton Keynes
Trial will run in partnership with ViaVan, which runs a shared ride service across Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes has announced a new ride-sharing trial where concessionary bus passes will be accepted as payment on journeys.

 

This trial, only on specific journeys in certain areas, will help the council understand whether shared ride services could complement Milton Keynes’ bus network as part of its review later this year.

 

Electric cars

 

The trial will run in partnership with ViaVan, which currently runs a shared ride service across Milton Keynes using a fleet of electric cars. ViaVan will cap its normal fare in the pilot areas during the trial at £2.50.

 

“This is another example of how we’re taking action on climate change and looking to widen options for public transport,” said councillor Martin Gowans, cabinet member for transport, Milton Keynes.

 

“The trial will help us understand if this could enhance our existing concessionary bus services.”

 

In the trial, concessionary pass holders will book their travel via an app or by telephone.

 

“Technology can help create smarter, more sustainable public transport options, and this service is the next step towards that future.”

 

“Together with Milton Keynes Council, we are excited to expand public transport options in Milton Keynes with on-demand, electric shared rides,” added Chris Snyder, CEO of ViaVan.

 

“ViaVan and Milton Keynes Council share the belief that technology can help create smarter, more sustainable public transport options, and this service is the next step towards that future.”

 

Future transport plans

 

In a separate announcement, Milton Keynes Council is calling on residents and businesses to comment on its plans for road safety, walking, cycling and sustainable travelling around the city.

 

Over the next eight weeks, local people are invited to fill out a short online survey to comment on how the council can help everyone travel more safely and sustainably.

 

The proposals include speed reduction measures at known accident hotspots, and investing and enhancing the Redway Network (shared-use paths for cycling and walking) to make walking and cycling easier and more appealing to local people.

 

Milton Keynes Council also plans to work with partners to explore ways to minimise accidents and make travel networks more accessible for all.

 

Feedback from the consultation will help shape the council’s transport plans, which consider:

  • road casualty data
  • volume of traffic and congestion on Milton Keynes roads
  • need to reduce carbon emissions
  • how to encourage cycling and walking
  • how to encourage greater use of public transport and other travel options
  • how businesses and their staff can reduce their own car use and car parking pressures.

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