Central Bedfordshire Council completes A421 dualling upgrade into Milton Keynes
Central Bedfordshire Council, in partnership with Milton Keynes Council and the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) has announced that works are complete on their project to upgrade a key section of the A421 road into a dual carriageway.
The 3km of the road has been upgraded to improve the link between Junction 13 of the M1 motorway in Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.
The stretch runs from the roundabouts by the junction up to the new Eagles Rest housing development and the Altitude Magna Park logistics and distribution site in Milton Keynes.
Councillor Ian Dalgarno, executive member for Community Services, said:
“I am delighted to see this final stretch of the A421 dual carriageway delivered on time. It’s great to see investments in a road like this, which is used by almost 30,000 vehicles a day.
“This new dual carriageway will help ease congestion and take traffic away from local villages, increasing safety and improving air quality. It will also benefit local businesses and commuters by opening up the area for better access. Current and future residents will also now have improved access to leisure activities, housing and employment.
“The road is not only better for road users, but also for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. Previously there were no available routes for pedestrians alongside the A421, so we built a new cycleway which stretches along the length of the newly dualled A421 and a footbridge over it.
“The new cycleway is part of a future larger cycle network. The new footbridge, which includes a bridleway, will greatly improve facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, who will benefit from being able to use our improved public rights of way.”