The Highways team look at improving connectivity for the region and are involved in large scale projects either in or affecting parts of MK. Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) A package of £95m was announced by the Government in March 2020 to cover the cost of the infrastructure to serve a large development of 5,000 new homes to the east of MK. This funding will cover the cost of building a new community health hub, primary school and for new roads, footways and a road bridge over the M1. It will include around 461 hectares of both employment and residential land. The area, called the Milton Keynes East Sustainable Urban Extension Area (MKE SUE) is explained in more detail on our Planning section in Plan:MK Find out more about the HIF on gov.uk. A509 Closure - September 2023/2024 The A509 between Tickford Roundabout (A422) to the junction with Newport Road (to Cranfield) will be closed for 12 months from Monday 25 September 2023. This closure is necessary to allow the development of the adjacent land. To view the traffic management plans for the closure, click here The developers, Laing O'Rourke and St James have created an app called MKE which can be downloaded to either and iPhone or Android mobile. You can download it from either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Alternatively, you can send your enquiry to them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01202 045323. East West Rail The East West Rail link will eventually join up Milton Keynes to Oxford and Cambridge through the Bletchley station. To complete the Bicester to Bletchley link preparatory works have been taking place and a new flyover bridge is being installed at Bletchley over Buckingham Road. This will require some traffic management for the nearby roads as they carry out these works. As a national transport project, the works are being done under a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) was approved on 25 February 2020 by the Secretary of State. This act gives Network Rail the authority to notify MKC about their proposed road closures and or temporary traffic orders associated with their works. This means that Network Rail are not required to request authorisation from Milton Keynes Highway Authority to carry out these works on our network. More information about the East West Rail project can be found on their website www.eastwestrail.co.uk. You can also read the latest newsletter.