Kingston Roundabout Improvements and A421 Dualling FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

•    What does the scheme involve?

Kingston roundabout will be improved by enlarging and signalising the junction, improving pedestrian and cycle connections for the area, including underpasses.

A section of A421 approximately 1km east of Fen Farm roundabout will be converted into dualled carriageway and meet a newly created roundabout (known as Eagle Farm), which will provide access to new developments to the north and south.

    Why is this work needed?

The vital eastern gateway into Milton Keynes via the A421 and Kingston roundabout has suffered from increasing levels of traffic in recent times and requires further investment to meet future demand.  Additionally, with development completed/planned either side of the A421, Milton Keynes Council need to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to manage the expected growth.  

•    Why are you dualling only part of the A421 and not all the way to the M1?

Under the grant which is funding this work, a scheme couldn’t be bid for under the terms beyond where this one ends as it would almost exclusively be in Central Bedfordshire.  The scheme Milton Keynes Council is implementing is wholly in the Borough of Milton Keynes. 

A future scheme to extend the dualled section between Eagle Farm Roundabout and Junction 13, M1 is currently being discussed and is the number one priority for delivery in the South-East Midlands area under a new Local Economic Plan.  Milton Keynes Council and Central Bedfordshire Council have £1m funding allocated in 2015/16 to undertake feasibility and design work and it is this will support future funding bids when the opportunity arises.

•    I use this route for work – will this mean traffic jams and will it make my daily commute longer?

There will be two-lanes available at busy times in order to reduce any congestion. Outside of this there will be occasions when only single lanes will be available 

Some road closures will be required and these are listed here along with links to the relevant diversion maps.  Whilst these are currently scheduled, things can change and updates will be available on this webpage and through the Council’s Twitter account @mkcouncil

All relevant signage will be installed at least two weeks prior to the works commencing to inform road users in advance.

Whilst there may be some delays, every effort is being made to keep the disruption and construction programme to a minimum, with the aim of the project being to reduce congestion in the long term. 

•    I’m travelling out of The Stables/Golf Course/Wavendon on an evening when there’s a closure.  How do I get home?

Up to date road closures and diversions will be added to this website and will be posted on the Council’s Twitter feed @mkcouncil

•    What will happen to trees and hedges along the edge of the road?

Site clearance was undertaken in February ahead of the nesting season once a full environmental assessment was completed.  This allowed the scheme to start on time without threat of disturbing habitats. 

•    My bus route goes along part of this road – will I still be able to use it?

In order to minimise disruption, many of the closures will be in place overnight and for the vast majority of time there will be no real impact.  Bus services that run overnight may require re-routing or a revised service will be in place for a limited period.  Advanced notice will be given to inform bus companies and passengers.

•    How much will this project cost the council?

The scheme budget is £16.312m which includes £8.812m coming from two successful funding bids as part of the Department for Transport’s Pinch Point grant.  The remaining funds are secured through third party funding/developer funding

•    How long will the work take?

The scheme is expected to be completed by Summer 2015.

    Who do I contact about this project?

If your query is about the road works, contact the contractor Balfour Beatty on 0800 032 9760.

If you query is about the overall Pinch Point project contact Milton Keynes Council via email mk.pinchpoint@milton-keynes.gov.uk or phone 01908 252401.

Last Updated: 18 July 2018