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Ridership up at Milton Keynes Metro

MILTON Keynes-based MK Metro reports that the long-term decline in bus usage has been reversed with figures for September 2003 showing an increase of 63 per cent compared to same month five years ago.

"I am delighted to be able to report this significant increase in the number of passengers travelling by bus," says Julian Peddle, MK Metro managing director. "This increase is due to the combination of a number of factors - increasing reliability and stability of the bus network, new low-floor buses, new ticketing schemes and investment in the presentation of our bus fleet."

In September 1998 the number of non-concessionary passengers carried was 264,000, compared to 432,000 in September 2003.

A new ticket scheme, Metro-Max, is being launched to provide cheaper fares for young people who are not in full time education.

"We hope that continuing theses policies will continue to increase the number of passengers using our buses," adds Peddle. "More new low-floor buggy-friendly buses are on order for next year and most journeys on our main routes will be operated by these buses."


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