Growth is at risk without joined-up transport strategy, says council chief

Jan 28, 2014


Demand is set to rise by 60%, while transport capacity can only increase by 25%, Milton Keynes Council’s head of transport Brian Matthews told business leaders at a breakfast briefing.
That puts the city’s economic prosperity at risk unless the transport system is well managed
Milton Keynes is already a leader in the use of electric vehicles, including buses, with more in the pipeline, Mr Matthews told the meeting, hosted by Milton Keynes Business Leaders Partnership at Milton Keynes College.
He is pictured with MKBLP chairman Philip Smith.
Mr Matthews said: “Milton Keynes’ Local Transport Plan now recognises both the continuing role of the car and the increasing awareness of the needs of business to be able to deliver growth. It seeks to influence and challenge everyone to think differently about how they travel.”
Involving business is key. At Tilbrook, 20 companies including Formula 1 team Red Bull work with transport consultants Smart Go through the council to create travel plans and reduce car journeys. These can be of real value for business, Mr Matthews said.
Transport is one of five key themes identified by MKBLP as fundamental to the success of Milton Keynes.
Mr Smith said: “A joined up transport proposition is a vital necessity for the city and we risk damaging economic growth without a plan which recognises the important role of the business community in its evolution and delivery.”
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