#randomtimetablemonday – Milton Keynes Council Travel Guide Book
Ever since Milton Keyes was split as an unitary authority from Buckinghamshire County Council (and even before!) they produce good quality comprehensive publications. The mainstay has been books, in different sizes and formats. The current one, November 2014-April 2015, covers the entire Milton Keynes unitary area. This includes more than just the city, but rural areas around Olney, Lavendon, Woburn, Bletchley, and Newport Pagnell, as examples.
Until recently, the book included a tiled atlas-style map. For the last two issues, this has been replaced with a fold-out map, adhered to the inside back cover. This is in addition to the stand-alone leaflet version. The atlas-style mapping was the inspiration for adding large maps into our own A5 book series, wherever at all possibile. The book includes the maps for Olney, MK Central area bus stops, and Milton Keynes rural, with the main map being in the fold – out. In addition to the A5 perfect bound book, and map, there is a loose-leaf comb bound A4 version in large print.
The book – 212 pages! – includes a comprehensive Index to Services, Index to Places Served, and timetables. The main Arriva routes are colour coded at the top of each page, with other routes in a grey colour. Every timetable is clearly in landscape format, with a bold print showing sections of route supported by Milton Keynes Council. Tickets are listed in detail, and not just those of the council’s own schemes. MK Bus Users Group have a full page, and full contact details are shown for every operator. There is also a list of places where you can pick up the next one, or additional copies.
The guide shows buses and registered coaches like the X5. Two pages near the end include the Marston Vale rail line between Bedford and Bletchley, which provides additional information for the Woburn area, without adding bulk. School buses, Taxibus services, Community bus services are all included, as are services by Stagecoach for the F1 Grand Prix at Silverstone, shuttle services for the Open Uni, and much more.
The maps also appear in a stand-alone Travelling Around Milton Keynes map guide, which is very portable.
Both are very highly recommended, and provide a bright, positive way to share information. Extremely comprehensive, but by no means a paperweight.
You can download the current timetable here, or visit the council’s maps and timetable pages here. Also, you can send a payment of £10 to get all publicity for the next three years, sent to your door – complete the form on Page 17 of the book, and follow the instructions thereafter.