WORK to widen one of Doncaster’s main gateways is set to begin after the £27.8million scheme received its first part of European funding.
Civic and business leaders believe the redevelopment of White Rose Way, which brings thousands of commuters into the town from the M18 every day, will provide a huge boost to Doncaster’s economic future.
The scheme is anticipated to release planning restrictions on 220,000 square metres of developable land which could deliver 2,700 new jobs and 2,500 new homes.
It will also ease congestion and speed up journey times for motorists.
Phase one of the work, a new dual carriageway bridge built over the East Coast mainline between the Potteric Carr and Lady Bank junctions, starts on Monday.
It is another boost for Doncaster’s regeneration after the Government recently gave the green light to the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) which will link the M18 and Robin Hood Airport.
Mr Davies described the approval of the projects as the “some of the best” news in recent years.
He said: “FARRRS and White Rose Way are critical infrastructure schemes for important developments to proceed and enhance the town’s reputation for being one of the best connected places in the UK.
“Transforming White Rose Way will create the right conditions for attracting new investment and economic growth.
“It will help maximise opportunities around Lakeside and the town centre bringing more jobs and prosperity to the town.
“It should also play its part in Doncaster’s bid for city status.”
Subject to further European Regional Growth Fund and Department for Transport funding, phase two will see another dual carriageway created from Potteric Carr to junction three of the M18.
Government transport bosses are expected to make a final decision later this year. If it is approved the work could start in spring 2012.
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