Thousands of new jobs and homes can now be delivered after a major road was given the go-ahead in Doncaster.
The government has given the green light to the final stage for the £56 million Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme, which means work on the new road – linking the M18 to Robin Hood Airport – can begin.
Steve Gill, managing director at Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, said: “We are delighted by the news the development of the FARRRS link road has taken another step forward.
“This road will be a huge improvement to the accessibility of the airport, opening us up to the Sheffield city region and cutting journey times from Sheffield to 25 minutes.
“Improved access will enable the airport to attract larger numbers of passengers and work towards the ambitions set out in our master plan.
“For us, this is very much a first phase and part one of our longer-term aspirations to make the airport more accessible to the Sheffield city region and beyond.”
The new link road, which it is hoped will help drive inward investment, can go ahead after Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin granted Doncaster Council the powers to purchase the land needed to build the scheme and carry out the necessary work to public and private rights of way.
With this in place, the council can now plan for the start of the main construction works – which are due to begin in October and take two years to complete – as well as create the new connection from Junction 3 of the M18 to the south of Doncaster, serving the recently upgraded A6182 White Rose Way into the town centre.
Ros Jones, Doncaster elected mayor, said: “It is wonderful news that work on this widely supported regeneration scheme is about to start.
“This key infrastructure project will transform the south of Doncaster by dramatically improving access and seeing major private sector developments get off the ground.
“It will be the catalyst for economic growth right across the borough and the Sheffield City Region helping to create significant numbers of new jobs and homes.
“With the improvements along White Rose Way recently completed and six projects recognised by the Sheffield city region local enterprise partnership as regional investment priorities, we are developing the right conditions to attract new investment and companies to Doncaster. The borough has a bright future to look forward to.”
The project, with backing from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, is predicted to help regenerate Rossington, cut journey times, ease congestion, support further growth at Doncaster’s international airport and provide the necessary road infrastructure for major private sector investments, including the Inland Port development and the re-development of the former colliery site at Rossington.
FARRRS is a public/private sector partnership led by the council, with partners including the airport and the Peel Group, an infrastructure, transport and real estate investment company.
Peel Investments (North), part of the Peel Group, has this week been granted permission to develop a business part near the airport, which could create up to 1,700 jobs, although the firm said work would not begin until FARRRS was in place.