Dates for next A421 weekend road closure in Milton Keynes announced

    Motorists are being advised that the A421 in Milton Keynes is set to close for another weekend next month.

    From 8pm on Friday 16th November until 6am on Monday 19th November, the road will be closed in both directions between the M1 at Junction 13 and the Eagle Farm Roundabout (near Magna Park in Milton Keynes).

    During the weekend, motorists can use the A421 towards Bedford, A428 towards Nothampton, A422 towards Milton Keynes and A509 towards Milton Keynes as the official diversion route.

    Alternatively, the M1 at Junction 14 provides easy access to Milton Keynes City Centre via the A509.

    What is happening on the A421 in Milton Keynes?

    The last remaining single carriageway section of the A421 is being converted to dual carriageway between the Eagle Farm Roundabout in Milton Keynes and the M1 at Junction 13.

    The new road layout will improve east-west transport links by widening this last remaining 3km section of the A421 and this stretch is used by almost 30,000 vehicles per day.

    How long will the work last?

    The initial preparatory work will run from September 2018 until December 2018. In March 2019, the major work on dualling the road will commence: the widened carriageway will need two bridges to be extended: the Cranfield Road bridge, plus another footbridge near Hulcote that will safely take pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists over the A421 (via four public rights of way.) The improvement works are anticipated to be complete by end of 2020.

    Central Bedfordshire Council are trying to minimise disruption to road users as far as possible with contractors advising that a 40mph speed limit is needed to protect the safety of their workers from the road traffic, as they prepare the stretch. The Council are advising that businesses and residents factor that into their journey times and use a suitable alternative route if they can.

    There are weight limits zones in surrounding villages, which will be enforced by the police, so officials are emphasising that lorries should still keep to the main roads for their routes.

    Where can I get more information?

    More information is available on the Central Bedfordshire Council website.

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