Living in Milton Keynes
So what is it like to live here?
Forget what you’ve heard about the concrete cows and the roundabouts! The new city of Milton Keynes is a true garden city. It is well-planned with plenty of open space and parkland. The informal landscaping and parkland, which are maintained by MK Parks Trust, break up the residential areas and provide stunning colour all year round. A network of foot paths and cycle trails provide residents with a safe means of getting around the new city without the need to travel on the dual carriageways used by cars and buses. There are 7 main lakes scattered across Milton Keynes which provide leisure and water sport opportunities.
The residential areas have their own unique characteristics and are built around local shopping centres, some larger than others. The estates offer a wide choice of housing styles (click on link for images) ranging from traditional to contemporary, city dwelling in apartments to semi and detached homes featuring the latest in energy-efficient building technologies. The original villages and market towns present before Milton Keynes was established, have been incorporated into the new city whilst preserving their historic features.
Central Milton Keynes offers an exciting shopping experience in the centre: mk with all the main retail chains competing for one’s hard-earned cash. Carluccio’s, Nandos, Giraffe, Yo! Sushi, Jamie Oliver’s are just some of the restuarants in the shopping centre whilst an alternative dining venue called The Hub attracts diners to Raymond Blanc, Cafe Rouge, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Turtle Bay.
We have good transport links with the rest of the UK. Situated on the West Coast mainline serving London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow. The new city is situated on J14 of the M1 making access to the north and south
very convenient. It is also equidistant between Cambridge and Oxford making it easy to travel east and west. Milton Keynes was built for the car and is well-served by a network of dual carriageways crisscrossing the new city in a series of grids. Travel across Milton Keynes is quick and easy by car. The bus network is not as convenient. Although it provides a reasonable service across most of Milton Keynes, residents feel that it could be improved. On the upside, two public transport experimental schemes are putting us at the forefront of reducing our carbon footprint. An electric car-share scheme in Wolverton has been given the green light. Eight new electric buses are being trialed and the Council has fitted a network of charge points for private electric vehicles.
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire