Milton Keynes celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. A city that started as the dream of politicians and planners in the late 1960s is now home to almost 270,000 residents and 11,000 businesses, and is a model for new cities worldwide
A year-long programme of activities marking the city’s impressive progress as a world-class centre for urban design, technology, commerce, culture, environmental leadership and innovation is planned for the anniversary. Visit www.MK50.com for details
|The fastest growing economy in the UK, MK has the third highest start-up rate and fourth highest density of businesses nationally. Last year the National Infrastructure Commission launched its interim report into the Cambridge – MK – Oxford corridor, stating it could become central to a global showcase for science, technology and innovation – effectively Britain’s Silicon Valley.
MK is a Go Ultra Low city with a network of electric car charge points and electric bus fleets, and it’s a test bed for innovative technologies – currently the base for the UK’s first trial of driverless pods in pedestrianised areas. By 2018 a fleet of 40 pods will operate in MK, revolutionising how people travel around the city centre.
In addition, the large collaborative initiative MK Smart (www.mksmart.org) is developing clever ways to support growth based around analysis from a state-of-the-art ‘MK Data Hub’ which gathers vast amounts of data, from energy and water consumption through to transport data and social trends.
|MK is an exceptional destination to visit. Around two-fifths of the city is
open space – with green parks, attractive lakes and extensive facilities for watersports.You’ll find leisure options from indoor skiing on real snow to award winning galleries and theatres, stately homes, the world famous Bletchley Park, and more than 400 big brand retailers and restaurants in two city centre two shopping centres.
Find more details of places to visit, and what’s on at www.destinationmiltonkeynes.co.uk.