Work begins on brand new roundabout on busy Milton Keynes road

A new roundabout will be installed on the H9 Groveway at the junction with Walton Drive to accommodate the new housing development site ‘Walton Manor’.

This highway scheme is being done in two phases and will take around 33 weeks to complete due to the scale, complexity and amount of works taking place; this includes the diversion of six major power supply cables by Western Power Distribution which is being coordinated into the scheme.

A main gas pipe is also located underground so for safety reasons, no mechanical diggers may be used, and the area around it must be completely hand dug instead which will take longer.

Phase 1 was carried out in February, clearing vegetation and any tree stumps.

Phase 2 is the main construction part of the scheme and includes:

  • Installing a new roundabout with signage, road markings, traffic islands.

  • Upgrading the existing street lighting and drainage

  • Resurfacing sections of the existing H9 Groveway approaching the new roundabout

Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP), who own the Walton Manor site, commissioned MK Council to design and implement the scheme to help traffic flow and reduce congestion from the housing development which will provide 174 new homes.

To carry out the construction phase safely it will be necessary to close this section of the H9 Groveway until the scheme is completed in December 2022.

The Open University have agreed to open up their Walton Drive access road during this time.

A diversion route will be in place and clearly signed to direct traffic to use either the H10 Bletcham Way or H8 Standing Way grid roads. Any bus services will also follow this diversion.

The Covid-19 Vaccination Centre at the Open University campus will remain open with a diversion access route clearly signed.

All the works will be carried out by our highways service provider, Ringway.

For more details about this or any other planned roadworks for MK, visit one.network.