2012 hopes for inland port plan

WORK to build a giant rail freight terminal in Doncaster could start next year.

Bosses at developers Helioslough are looking to make progress on the plans after the Government announced ministers would not be calling in the scheme for further scrutiny.

Doncaster Council has already backed planning permission for the Inland Port at Rossington, which will see a rail freight terminal built along with 562,000 square metres of warehouses and over 100 hectares of ecological enhancements.

There will also be a road link to junction 3 of the M18 which will provide the first stage of the airport link road, known as FARRRS - the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme.

Developers expected the project to employ over 5,500 workers and take freight off the roads and onto the railways.

Helioslough is now in discussions with the council about the phased implementation of the scheme and is working with the council on an early delivery of FARRRS.

The new link road from junction 3 of the M18 to Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport received support from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund earlier this year and will serve the Inland Port development.

Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said: “This is fantastic news for Doncaster and the region.

“The Inland Port will build on Doncaster’s growing reputation as a logistics hub and promises to deliver thousands of new jobs.”

Mike Hughes chief executive of Helios Europe, representing the consortium of developers, Helios Europe, Segro and Shepherd Development is also pleased planning permission is complete.

He said: “The Inland Port Development is of strategic importance to Doncaster and the wider region and will be a major catalyst for inward investment and significant economic growth. With the support of Doncaster Council we are advancing our plans to prepare for a construction start in 2012.”