Starship's obliging robots extend their delivery area to bring lunch or dinner to more people in Milton Keynes
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In a move that will hopefully cut down congestion and traffic, any peckish city centre resident or worker will now be able to can order food and drink from a list of popular brands and have it delivered to their door by a robot.
The brands include Peels Juice Bar, Pepes Piri Piri, Bandit Street Food, Maaya Indian and Legend One Sushi Bar and more will be added throughout the month.
Starship have spent the past two years running the robots in other areas of MK, including Monkston, Emerson Valley and Bletchley, But this is the first time that robot delivery has been made available in the centre of a UK town.
The company's spokesman Andrew Curtis,said: “We’ve seen huge surges in demand since we started operating in Milton Keynes.. We’re excited that both residents and workers can now enjoy this low cost and convenient benefit in the centre of Milton Keynes, and we hope that it will make the town an even more attractive place to work in the future."
Since April 2018, Starship has made over 100,000 deliveries across MK, with some residents making up to 200 orders per year. In that time, Starship has faced growing calls for the service to expand to other areas of the town, especially the centre where 180,000 people work.
Mr Curtis said: "Milton Keynes suffers from traffic congestion that rises above 85 per cent of the road or junction’s capacity, and roads that lead into the town often see 100% or more of its capacity, according to Milton Keynes Council. This new expansion from Starship will help ease congestion in the centre of town by giving people the option of electrically-powered robot delivery, where before they would potentially rely on delivery services that use cars and other environmentally-unfriendly modes of transport. Both residents within the centre of town and workers will be able to order food at the touch of a button."
The Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Sam Crooks, said: “The robots have become an iconic sight in the town and everyone’s excited at the prospect of them delivering in the town centre. For the 180,000 people who work in the centre of MK, this means that they can get their lunch delivered to them conveniently, saving them time during their working day.
“We’re living in an era where we are more conscious about the individual effect we’re having on the environment, and the centre of MK can get very congested. Hopefully this new service will ease congestion in the centre and make it that bit more environmentally-friendly, whilst giving workers the opportunity to experience robot delivery in a town on the front line of new technological advancements.”