Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Milton Keynes Central (MKC)

Milton Keynes Central is the main station of Milton Keynes located on the West Coast Main Line.

Information
Type: National Rail
(West Coast Main Line)
Station code: MKC
Opened: 1982
Platforms: 7
When Milton Keynes became a "new town" in 1967, the existing but rather outlying Bletchley was the town's main station until the building of Milton Keynes Central in 1982 after pressure from the city development corporation (and after they provided two-thirds of the money needed!) [1] The station was an immediate success with passengers and now has nearly 7 million passengers a year.

Milton Keynes Central has 7 platforms, making it the largest station in Milton Keynes as well as the busiest. It has platforms serving the WCML's fast and slow lines though not all services stop at the station. It is served by London Midland, Virgin Trains and Southern.
LM 350 123 on a terminating service from London Euston

General view of the platforms

A freight comes through

A bridge crosses the platforms
Virgin Trains 221 118 on a Holyhead service
LM 319 457 pauses on an ECS

[1] John Glover, BR Diary 1978-1985 (Ian Allan, 1985) p. 74