New gateway tocity finally open

Completed road improvements in Station Square, CMK.
Completed road improvements in Station Square, CMK.

WORK to create a new look Station Square has finally been completed.

The year-long reburbishment programme was finished on Sunday with the opening of the bus lanes and the new bus stops.

The ‘kiss and drop’ and loading areas along with the taxi drop-off points were already in operation and will continue as normal.

The final touches to the development saw the signposts updated and bus information included.

Station Square is considered the main gateway to the city with developers keen to give out the right first impression to visitors when entering the city.

A council spokesman said: “It should also be an area that Milton Keynes’ citizens should be proud of and one that reflects the design theme of the central areas around it.

“The changes were made at Station Square for a number of reasons. The design life of the previous layout had long since exceeded and was no longer suitable for the large amount of users visiting the area on a daily basis.

“Passenger safety and traffic management were also deciding factors in the next layout designs which were agreed with full, ongoing consultation between Milton Keynes Council and the stakeholders.”

The redevelopment works began in summer 2011 and have seen the Square undergo a major facelift including resurfacing of the roads, a pedestrian walkway being introduced, bus and taxi areas being separated and new signage and shelters.

The spokesman added: “We appreciate the patience all users have shown during the works phase and that the new square will have a positive impact for all users for many years to come.”

The new layout is available to view on the council’s website along with clear information on which areas are for which type of station user.

> Visit www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/transport