Dozens of new carbon reducing green bus shelters to be created in Milton Keynes

New bus shelters capable of extracting harmful carbon emissions will be introduced across the borough.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 3:05 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 3:06 pm

New living green bus shelters will be created at different sites in Milton Keynes in a new pilot scheme.

The bus shelters contain Sedum plants that can extract harmful carbon emissions and reduce vehicle pollution on Milton Keynes roads.

Milton Keynes Council is providing £50,000 funding for the project. The Council is setting a target of turning into a carbon neutral city by 2030 and carbon negative by 2050.

A look at the green bus shelters coming to Milton Keynes

Depending on the success of the scheme the green bus shelter design could become a mandatory upgrade throughout Milton Keynes.

Councillor Jenny Wilson-Marklew, said in a statement on the Council's website: "As well as providing a habitat for many small pollinating creatures, and improving biodiversity, the green roofs will be a great signal for MK’s green and sustainable ambitions.

“It’s just a small part of our bigger plans, but will help remind people that MK is a clean and green place and we welcome all kinds of green behaviours and ideas.”

Other public transport strategies to make Milton Keynes more supportive of biodiversity include solar panels on bus stops and two information screens using the same natural technology.

Axiom and Bridgman & Bridgman, are the two firms connecting the plants to the stops. Chris Bridgman said: “We’ve worked with living roof designer Dusty Gedge of the Green Infrastructure Consultancy to develop the pioneering roof system that can be considered carbon negative. It’s the first time this approach has been undertaken on such a scale anywhere in the world.”