Doncaster’s business community is predicting a new link road to the airport will really help the town to take off.
The Government gave the green light last week to the £56 million pound Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme, which will see the construction of a link road from the M18 to Robin Hood Airport.
It will cut journey times to the airport and there will also be a link to Rossington and the inland rail interchange development.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin gave Doncaster Council permission to purchase the land earmarked for development.
Work is now expected to start as early as October.
Doncaster’s Chamber of Commerce welcomed the move and said the development could spark a decade of economic growth for the town.
Dan Fell, deputy chief executive officer at the chamber, said: “This critical piece of infrastructure pieces in the jigsaw to catalyse growth at the airport whilst also enabling the development on the Inland Port and facilitating inward investment.
“This project will, in the fullness of time, create several thousands of jobs and is the next chapter in the on-going story of Doncaster’s economic regeneration.”
He added: “In recent years we have witnessed the completion of a range of exciting transformational projects.
“This includes the airport, Doncaster Racecourse, Keepmoat Stadium, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Frenchgate, the new Civic Office, Cast, The Hub and White Rose Way.
“The regeneration route will provide the foundations for another decade of economic progress in Doncaster.”
The road is expected to take two years to complete and will start at junction three of the M18.