The main body of Milton Keynes
Central, showing the triple island platform layout and the
The large station building provides the backdrop.
Milton Keynes Central is a
large railway station that serves
Keynes and the surrounding area of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
station is located on the West Coast Main Line between the stations of Bletchley and Wolverton, both of which are also within Milton
Platform 6 is closest to the camera.
The station is served by Virgin Trains
inter-city services and by
Southern provide services to East Croydon via West London.
This station is one of the five stations serving Milton Keynes. The
others are (north Milton Keynes), (south Milton Keynes), (also
south Milton Keynes) and (south-east Milton Keynes). In addition, Woburn Sands
railway station is just outside the Milton Keynes boundary and
serves the south-east of the Borough.
Milton Keynes Central is by far the busiest
and most important of these, as well as being the largest in terms
of platforms in use, having overtaken Bletchley when platforms 2A
and 6 became operational.
Milton Keynes Central has a total of seven platforms. Platforms 1
and 3 are the south and northbound slow platforms, while 4 and 6
are the south and northbound fast platforms. Platforms 2 and 5 are
reversible, being slow and fast respectively. Platform 2A is a
four-car south-facing bay platform built for the extension of
Line services into Milton Keynes Central.
north of the station the six lines reduce to four (two slow and two
fast), whilst there is a mile of five-track running to the south
before this also reduces back to four.
In May 2006, the Department of Transport announced a plan to
upgrade the station. The first phase added a down fast line
platform 6, so that the existing platform 5 could be used for
stopping express trains in either direction. The second phase
provided an additional terminating bay platform (2A) for the
Line / service via the WCML to Milton Keynes Central.
This new 4-car bay
platform is indented into platform 1. The original platform 1 line
was extended northwards from 'bay' to 'through' (becoming the up
slow line), and platform 2 line is now a 'centre' terminating and
reversing line, avoiding conflicting crossing movements. This work
was completed on 29 December 2008. However, Marston Vale Line services to
Bedford are not expected to start before 2012 at the
speculatively, a "strong" case has been made to Government to
reopen the western section of the historic Varsity Line from and extend the service via Bletchley and the
WCML to Milton Keynes Central.
Local facilities and interchange
The station is the terminus for many bus services and almost all
intra-city buses stop there. The frontage of the station has six
bus stops, four for local services and two for long-distance
services. Virgin Trains operate a coach service from
the station to Luton
Airport, providing a direct link between Milton Keynes and
the Midland Main Line at Luton Airport
Parkway station. Stagecoach stop
here on their route from Oxford to Cambridge and their route from Milton Keynes to Northampton and Peterborough.
The station building is home to a shop and there are other shops
and restaurants on the south side of the station square.
a number of hotels on Midsummer Boulevard (which begins opposite
the station and leads up into Central Milton Keynes). Numerous bus services each hour traverse
Midsummer Boulevard, connecting the station to Midsummer Place and
Central Milton Keynes Shopping
The Milton Keynes redway system
comprehesive network of cycle/pedestrian paths, connects to the
station and its cycle parking facilities.
The station square itself is a favourite site for skateboarding
and freestyle BMX
and as a result the granite
facings of the planting surrounds have suffered from the continuous
bumping and grinding. This has lessened somewhat since the opening
of a dedicated skateboarding park (Sk8 MK) close to the central bus
station. The Borough Council has plans for a comprehensive redevelopment of the
Keynes Central is a principal stop on London Midland's services from Birmingham
New Street to London and from Crewe to London.
London-bound trains run to London Euston, with some only stopping at Watford
Junction and others stopping at every single station to
Euston (a total of eleven intermediate stops). Northbound, London
Midland's services operate to Northampton, Rugby and Coventry whilst the Crewe trains serve Nuneaton, Tamworth, Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent.
There are four departures per hour to
London Euston on a weekday, and three departures to Northampton per
Trains stop many of their inter-city trains here to and from
Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool,Holyhead and Glasgow.
2009 Milton Keynes has also been served by Southern, who provide an
hourly service to East
Croydon, running via west London and connecting with
services to Brighton.
The station and its plaza was used in the movie Superman IV
as a substitute for the United
Nations building. Other scenes were shot in the Central Milton
- More delays to Bedford-Milton Keynes [Central
rail link] Luton Today 27 August 2009
- East-West Rail Consortium: Western Section: Final
Report 5.1 p38
- sk8m8 : Sk8MK Skate Plaza - Milton Keynes
- STATION SQUARE: MULTI-MODAL TRANSPORT
INTERCHANGE - Milton Keynes Council.