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13 September 2015, 06:24
Details have been released about travel arrangements around Milton Keynes during the Rugby World Cup.
MK Council are putting on special services for the event, and here's a list of FAQs.
Drop off and pick up areas?
The drop off area for taxis is on Clarke Road in Mount Farm. There aren't any pick up and drop off areas for other vehicles. Taxis don't have access to Stadium MK during the RWC matches. The shuttle buses for ticket holders will pick up and drop off at:
Stop 1 - Elder Gate – o/s old bus station
Stop 2 - Midsummer Boulevard o/s Acorn House
Stop 1 - Silbury Blvd next to Cricket Green Roundabout – Campbell Park
Stop 2 - Midsummer Blvd Westbound – o/s Theatre
Where do coaches park?
Coach parking can be booked for the Bowl here and costs £25 per space. There isn't any coach parking at the stadium.
Will buses be running as normal?
Yes although any stops which are on a closed road will be diverted. Information will be advertised two weeks in advance on MK Council's Bus Information web page under the Bus Disruptions section, on any bus stops affected and in bus shelters.
Will the road diversions/closures affect normal bus times and routes?
Some stops may be diverted to a nearby alternative location - details will be published in bus shelters and on buses two weeks in advance of the changes.
Do I need my tickets to get on the shuttle bus?
No - the shuttle buses are free to use.
Are there any discounts for RWC ticket holders on travel to matches?
There are free shuttle buses to and from the stadium, however you will need to prepay for the specific 'Park n Ride' or 'Park n Walk' parking sites here. If you're parking in the city centre you will need to pay and display, purple bays are at the standard rate of 50p per hour and red bays are at the premium rate of £1.40 per hour.
Parking is free after 6pm in any parking space.
Where is the coach park? Are there any shuttle buses?
Coach parking is £25 and can be booked for the Bowl here. Shuttle buses will run from outside the Buszy to the right of the MK Central train station, volunteers will be on hand for advice and to give directions.
Where are the shuttle bus stops?
Shuttle buses will run between Campbell Park, Midsummer Boulevard, the Buszy (old bus station), all the Park n Ride car parks and the Stadium.
The locations are as follows:
Service N1 to Stadium : Buszy and Acorn House (Midsummer Boulevard)
Service N2 to Stadium: Cricket Green roundabout (Silbury Boulevard) and Margaret Powell Square outside Theatre (Midsummer Boulevard)
Fanzone Shuttle: Buszy
How will I know which are the RWC shuttle buses?
Clear signage will be in place to show where the shuttle bus stops are and the buses will also have signs in them to say they are RWC shuttle bus service.
What times are the shuttle buses running?
The shuttle buses will operate 3 hours before kickoff and will continue to run 3 hours after the final whistle
Where can caravans/campers go?
You can park overnight at Emberton Park near Olney (charges apply) or visit www.lovemkrugby.co.uk and look at the Where to Stay section. There is no overnight parking in the Park n Ride areas.
Where can I get a taxi from?
Taxi ranks are located outside MK Central train station, and also to the front of the stadium for Hackney Carriages; outside Jurys Inn and outside McDonald's in the centre:mk. On Rugby World Cup match days private hire vehicles will be directed to drop off and pick up on Clarke Road, Mount Farm
Is there a standard fare to the stadium?
The Council is not able to regulate the fares that private hire vehicles charge but for Hackney Carriage vehicles the fare rate is legally set at £3 plus 20p for every 201 metres travelled before 10pm and £4 plus 20p for every 176 metres after 10pm for journeys completed within the MK borough.
How can I report a taxi for overcharging or behaviour?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01908 253599.
Picking up non-pre booked fares out of the taxis' area isn't legal. Out of town taxis can only pick up pre booked hirings. Only Milton Keynes Council licensed Hackney Carriages can pick up non booked fares.