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Anglian Water invest £1.2m to support future growth around Milton Keynes

23 July 2019


Anglian Water will begin the installation of a brand new water main along Watling Street carriageway in Milton Keynes next week, Monday 29 July.


The new mains pipe reinforcement, a result of a £1.2m investment by the water company, will reinforce the existing water network, ensuring a resilient water supply for the future and keeping taps running in Milton Keynes for years to come.


David Hartley, Anglian Water spokesperson, said: "Operating in one of the fastest growing areas in the UK, this scheme will help to support future growth, ensuring we can maintain current water pressure to the area as the population grows.


"This is just another example of our commitment to making sure that our network is fit to meet the demands of a growing population. This year alone, we're spending £33million on schemes exactly like this one to refurbish and renew parts of our extensive 37,000km network.”


The work will see almost 1.4km of pipe laid along Watling Street, and is expected to be completed in winter 2019/20. In order to allow teams to work safely, a road closure will be in place along Watling Street between Monk Way and Dansteed Way from 29 July.


Following this work, a small road closure will be in place on Calverton Lane for two weeks from 12 August to allow work to connect the new pipe to the existing network.


Once this is completed, final work to complete the pipework will continue on Watling Street under a lane closure from 12 August. However, the above dates are subject to change and are dependent on the progression of works.

In order to minimise disruption for customers in the local area, these works have been scheduled in conjunction with Milton Keynes Highways Authority who will also be completing work on Watling Way concurrently. Advanced warning signs will be put in place to notify local residents of the upcoming works.


Further information can also be found on the Anglian Water “In Your Area” website at