Independents Day

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Towns and cities across England tend to be dominated by services operated by bus companies owned by one of the big groups. However, there are still some locations where the independent operator still has a large presence and one of those is Milton Keynes. Richard Sharman looks at the local bus scene, and how changes might be on the horizon

There are not many places in England now where you can find a high concentration of bus companies operating that are not associated with one of the big bus groups, but at least for the time being Milton Keynes acts as a shining example of how the independent operator still has a huge part to play in providing important services for the council, and in some instances commercially.

As we enter another national lockdown it is important to remember that many people still need to leave their rural villages to reach the local town to buy food and do other essential shopping, whilst key workers also still need to use the bus to travel to and from work.

This is why these services must keep running, and at the time of writing many of the bus services looked at in this feature are continuing to operate normally.

Z&S Transport’s 168 is seen being passed by an Arriva Wrightbus Pulsar 2

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