Milton Keynes Council approves ViaVan ride sharing trial

Posted: 3 February 2020 |

This trial, only on specific journeys, aims to help the council understand whether shared ride services could complement MK’s bus network as part of its bus network review later in 2020.

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Milton Keynes (MK) Councillor Martin Gowans, Cabinet Member for Transport, has approved a new trial with ViaVan to accept concessionary bus passes as payment on journeys in Emerson Valley, Furzton and Tattenhoe.

Gowans said: “This is another example of how we’re taking action on climate change and looking to widen options for public transport. The trial will help us understand if this could enhance our existing concessionary bus services.”

“Together with Milton Keynes Council, we are excited to expand public transport options in Milton Keynes with on-demand, electric shared rides,” said Chris Snyder, ViaVan CEO. “ViaVan and Milton Keynes Council share the belief that technology can help create smarter, more sustainable public transport options, and this service is the next step towards that future.” 

ViaVan currently runs a shared ride service across MK using a fleet of electric cars – it will cap its normal fare in the pilot areas during the trial at £2.50.

The trial comes at a time when the Council is launching a consultation regarding smart and safe travel. Feedback from the consultation aims to help to shape the Council’s transport plans, which consider:

  • Road casualty data
  • The volume of traffic and congestion on MK’s roads
  • The need to reduce carbon emissions
  • How to encourage cycling and walking
  • How to encourage greater use of public transport and other travel options
  • How businesses and their staff can reduce their own car use and car parking pressures.

“I encourage residents and local businesses to take part in our online survey. This will help us understand what’s needed for more sustainable transport now and for the future,” Gowans added.