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Milton Keynes coachway opening delayed until Autumn
Coachway, Milton Keynes.
The new coachway in Milton Keynes looks very different to the previous building.

The opening of Milton Keynes' new look coachway has been delayed because of technical and legal issues.

The date has been put back three times in the project's two-and-a-half year history following drainage problems and bad weather.

The project which is £600,000 over budget is now due to be opened by late Autumn 2010.

Cabinet member for transport for Milton Keynes, Vanessa McPake insists "there isn't a problem as such."

Bad weather

Originally the coachway, known as the gateway to Milton Keynes was supposed to be finished by 2009 but was delayed until Spring 2010.

These latest comments confirm a further delay in the opening of the coachway, found just off junction 14 of the M1.

Councillor McPake told BBC Three Counties the project has taken longer than expected because of "bad weather, a decision to delay the opening after the busy summer period and a delay for drainage problems".

She said: "We want to get it right for residents and tourists.

"When everything is up and running it will be National Express operating the coachway and they have recently asked for some additional technical information."

BBC Three Counties, Morning:MK reporter, Phil Lack said the new £2.6m coachway building is starting to take shape:

"Wow! What a difference from the dull, tired, grotty, old coachway that used to be here. Standing in it's place is a fresh, funky, stylish modern building for 2010."

Information screens

Once completed the building will have a roof canopy with a covered seating area for passengers taking coaches, local buses and taxis.

Coachway, Milton Keynes.
The coachway in 2008.

Inside the building there will be a heated waiting area for approximately 100 people with seating positioned to let passengers see the customer information screens and coach bays clearly.

Other facilities will include a café, a convenience shop and ticket office for the National Express Group, public and disabled toilets with baby changing facilities and a taxi service.

The site will have 24 hour manned security with CCTV coverage of parking areas.

Since 26 April 2008 Stagecoach and National Express have had to operate services to and from the temporary coachway, between Montrose Street and Pilgrim Street, off Silbury Boulevard in Campbell Park.

This will continue until the new coachway opens.




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