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The old MK Metro logo, still widely used
Another bus, showing how the livery can be adapted for route branding to have different colours.


MK Metro is the main bus operator in Milton Keynesmarker in the English county of Buckinghamshire. In February 2006, it was purchased by Arriva Shires & Essex, but Arriva said the vehicles will not receive any sort of Arriva corporate branding (new route-specific buses are now doing so). Most times Arriva purchases bus companies, the vehicles are repainted as quickly as possible, like Blue Bus of Bolton. The sale to Arriva was subsequently considered by the Office of Fair Trading for referral to the Competition Commission, however it decided not to do so.

History

The "MK Metro" name first appeared on the streets of Milton Keynesmarker in 1997 when Stagecoach Holdingc plc was ordered by the OFT to divest of its operations in Milton Keynes and Huntingdon. This followed an investigation in 1996 into their acquisition of Cambus Holdings Ltd which, according to the OFT, had led to an unacceptable monopoly of bus operations in Cambridgeshire, Corby, East Northamptonshire, Kettering, Wellingborough, Bedford and Mid Bedfordshire.

MK Metro Ltd was purchased on 2 May 1997 by bus entrepreneur Julian Peddle (formerly Managing Director of Stevensons of Uttoxeter), using a new company Premier Buses Ltd both to operate in Huntingdon (using the “Premier Buses” brand name) and also as a holding company with which to purchase MK Metro Ltd.

Julian decided to introduce “MK Metro” as a new brand name for the Milton Keynes operation, replacing “Milton Keynes Citybus” (the company Milton Keynes Citybus Ltd itself was retained by Stagecoach) and “Road Car” (MK Metro Ltd had until 1995 been known as Buckinghamshire Road Car Ltd) which were both carried by buses at the time. The new name also introduced the bright yellow and blue livery which is still in use today.

In late 2007, a new logo was introduced following the introduction of Wright Cadets (see below). This uses a lower case font. The old logo is still used on most buses however.

Fleet

The fleet ranges from mainly Dennis Darts (high floor and low floor, with a variety of bodywork), to Mercedes minibuses and Optare Solos. They also have double-deck Optare Spectras, and Scania L94s with Wrightbus Solar bodywork. Two new Solars arrived in 2006. Three further Solos arrived in 2008, two in Arriva colours and one in a green colour, as well as a new double-decker and two taxis. In October 2008, a Dennis Trident 2/Alexander ALX400 (W451 XKX) arrived painted orange. It was previously with another part of Arriva Shires & Essex and was repaired from major fire damage. In November 2008, the same bus was once again involved in a fire, which this time completely destroyed it.

Fleet summary



Routes

There are many routes, which mostly pass through or serve Central Milton Keynesmarker. However, routes 16 and 30/31 do not. The routes are generally numbered from 1 to 30, although there are some omissions and some routes in the 30s, as well as a new service numbered 300.

The company runs over 30 services, the key services are numbered 1 to 8, and run every 10 to 20 minutes. Key services Run through the busiest parts of the city, for example to bletchley and The District centres.Intermediate services run every 20 minutes up to every Hour. These routes cover areas in more detail, for example serving through the estates, where as key services mostly run on the main roads.The other routes run at a frequency of every Hour or less, these services link people from outside Milton Keynes into the city, or Link smaller areas into the nearest centre.Each key route has been given its own colour bus, for easy identification for passengers.

Key Services

  • 1 / B / C: City Centre - Green Park - Newport Pagnell - Olney - Bedford / Northampton
  • 2: Westcroft - Oxley Park - Grange Farm - City Centre - Willen - Poets Estate - Newport Pagnell
  • 4 / A / E: Wolverton - Stony Stratford - City Centre - Hospital - Whaddon Way - Bletchley
  • 5 / E: Wolverton - Bradville - City Centre - Hospital - Bletchley - Lakes Estate
  • 7 / E: Wolverton - Stantonbury - City Centre - Bletchley - Newton Longville / Lakes Estate
  • 7 A: Wolverton - Great Linford - Neath Hill - City Centre
  • 8: Westcroft - Shenley Brook End - City Centre - Kingston - Bletchley / Woburn Sands


Intermediate Services

  • 2E: Wolverton - Heelands - City Centre - Willen - Poets Estate - Newport Pagnell
  • 3E: Wolverton - Great Linford - City Centre - Shenley Church End - Furzton - Westcroft
  • 6 / A: Wolverton / Bradville - Heelands - City Centre - Hospital- Emerson Valley - Bletchley
  • 9 / A: City Centre - Shenley Lodge - Furzton - West Bletchley - Bletchley
  • 12: Wolverton - Greenleys - Bradwell - City Centre - Kents Hill - Open University - Caldecotte
  • 20: Bletchley - Tattenhoe - Westcroft - City Centre - Hospital - Walnut Tree
  • 26E: Bletchley - Furzton - City Centre - Walnut Tree - Kingston Centre
  • 29: Bletchley - Hospital - Oldbrook - City Centre - Crownhill - Shenley Church End
  • 32: City Centre - Buckingham - Little Tingewick (peak hours)
  • 39: Bletchley - Whaddon Way - Oldbrook - City Centre - Crownhill - Shenley Church End
  • 300: City Centre - Broughton Gate - Kingston / Magna Park


Other Services

  • 11: Milton Keynes - Monkston - Kingston - Woburn Sands - Bow Brickhill - Bletchley
  • 13: Stony Stratford - Stantonbury - City Centre - Bletchley - Lakes Estate
  • 14: City Centre - Stony Stratford - Old Stratford - Deanshanger / Wicken
  • 16: Bletchley - West Bletchley - Emerson Valley - Westcroft
  • 17A: Milton Keynes - Moulsoe - Cranfield
  • 17B: City Centre - Great Linford - Newport Pagnell - Cranfield
  • 18: City Centre - Woolstone - Woughton Park - Simpson - Bletchley
  • 30 / 31: Newport Pagnell - Wolverton - Stony Stratford - Bletchley
  • 32A: Buckingham Town Service
  • 33: Milton Keynes - Blue Bridge - Wolverton - Hanslope - Roade - Northampton


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