A continuing programme of road closures is being carried out on a big roundabout on the A5 south of Milton Keynes in the run-up to Christmas.
But housebuilding giant Taylor Wimpey, which is carrying out the £3million project as part of a planning agreement alongside its Willow Lake development in Newton Leys, says the first weekend caused “no significant delays for drivers.”
A spokesman for Taylor Wimpey said: “This A5 improvement work is a £3million project which will ease traffic flow on this roundabout by introducing a traffic light system, and contractors will also be carrying out additional works. All of this will provide significant improvements for all future road users.
“The road closures to allow this work to take place have been organised in conjunction with Milton Keynes Council and advertised in advance to give plenty of prior notice.
“The first the weekend closures took place on November 23 and 24 and our monitoring of the works found that they caused no significant delays for drivers.”
Although the roundabout is on the outskirts of Milton Keynes there are businesses in the area, including Hunters Farm Shop and a McDonald’s restaurant.
The Taylor Wimpey spokesman added: “Our contractors have also regularly visited the businesses in the vicinity of the area to keep them updated and to discuss the works with them.
“We appreciate that the works may cause some inconvenience and we continue to endeavour to keep any disruption caused to an absolute minimum.”
Roadworks happening in the next few days and weeks include:
Saturday, November 30 from 7am to Sunday, December 1 at 7pm a full closure of Brickhill Road, north and south bound from the roundabout for 250 metres.
Saturday, December 7 from 7am to 7pm on Sunday, December 8 resurfacing to northbound carriageway of the A4146, 130 metres up to roundabout. Resurfacing to southbound carriageway from roundabout to Watling Street access road.
Access to businesses will be via A5 slip road only, egress via the A4146 southbound diversio.n
There will be another full closure of Brickhill Road, north and south bound for 250 metres from 7am on Saturday December 14 to 7pm on Sunday December 15.