MP discusses 'ongoing problems' with Milton Keynes bus services in meeting with Transport Minister

    The MP for Milton Keynes North has met with the Transport Minister to raise a number of issues with bus services in the city.

    The MP for Milton Keynes North, Ben Everitt, has raised a number of issues with bus services in Olney, Emberton, Bancroft Park and Blue Bridge with Transport Minister Richard Holden.

    Ben Everitt MP highlighted the issues around buses in the city in the House Of Commons in October 2022 and again last month. The Leader of the House Penny Mordaunt and Minister Holden agreed to meet with the MP to discuss the problems further.

    At the meeting, Ben and the Minister discussed Olney's number 41 bus, the 33/A which no longer runs through Bancroft Park and Blue Bridge, and the 21 which now drives past Emberton, but does not stop there.

    A number of Emberton residents have criticised the removal of the service and issued with the MK Connect system.

    Minister Holden confirmed to the MP that Milton Keynes received £223,178 through the Bus Recovery Grant from January to March 2023 and will receive an additional amount in April-June.

    Ben Everitt MP said: "I'm pleased the Minister agreed to meet with me to discuss the ongoing problems residents in Milton Keynes are facing trying to get a bus to get to school, work, health appointments and essential shopping. I've been working with town councillors, city councillors and local residents on these issues in Olney, Emberton, Bancroft Park and Blue Bridge and have also written to the bus operators on each of the routes.

    "It's welcome news that the Conservative Government has extended the Bus Recovery Grant to help vital bus services continue for local people as I know the Council's MK Connect system is simply letting too many people down.

    "I was also disappointed to see the so-called Progressive Alliance made up of Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors rejected an amendment from Milton Keynes Conservatives for a one-off pot of funding to restore the Number 41 bus service through Olney."

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