High-speed driverless transport network could be on the cards for Milton Keynes after funding is secured

    Milton Keynes City Council has announced that is has secured government funding to research an innovative project which could transform the way people get around the city.

    A high-speed, driverless transport network could transform the way people get around in Milton Keynes, the City Council has said after announcing that is has secured government funding.

    The City Council secured £200,000 funding to commission a study to determine how the Advanced Very Rapid Transport (AVRT) project could fit in with Milton Keynes' current and proposed infrastructure.

    The AVRT is a new concept in mass transit, using automated vehicles on purpose-designed segregated pathways.

    The study will look at how AVRT could provide future transport solutions and deliver fast, frequent and reliable public transport.

    An area of key routes around 18 miles in and around Milton Keynes will be the focus of the study, the City Council says.

    Leader of MK City Council, Cllr Pete Marland: “Delivering a sustainable and effective transport system is exactly what we need to do as a modern smart city.

    "A project like this will not only enable us to move faster, it will also open up new gateways into our city, attracting a wider range of people to live, work and set up their businesses here.

    "This study will help us look at how we make the most of the opportunities AVRT presents to bring cleaner and affordable travel to MK.”

    The City Council says it will be partnering with leading businesses such as Costain, Avant Design, ARUP, Equipmake and Conigital, each investing an additional £200,000 into the study.

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