New £21m phase of rail port development gets under way in Doncaster

An aerial view of the Inland Port.
An aerial view of the Inland Port.

Work has got under way to bring a state-of-the-art international rail port to Doncaster.

Some £21 million of infrastructure work has started at the iPort development, which is set to be created on the site of the former Rossington Colliery and bring a huge jobs boost to Doncaster, as well as providing a much-needed shot in the arm for the area’s economy.

Contractor Verdion is currently making the logistics and distribution site ‘oven-ready’ for the delivery of up to six million square feet of bespoke, rail connected warehouse units.

Major site infrastructure works for the iPort project started in October 2013 with the start of the new motorway linked development access known as the FARRRS road - connecting the 700- acre site from Junction 3 of the M18 through to Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood Airport.

The next phase of development will include site levelling, surcharging, installation of the sub-base of the roads within the site, set up of the utility connections and the enabling works for the design and implementation of the 35-acre rail freight terminal.

John Clements, European development director at Verdion, said: “This next phase of works is a major investment and demonstrates the continued commitment of Verdion to realise the delivery of iPort as quickly as possible. Once the works are complete we will be in a position to deliver bespoke buildings for clients within a very short time frame, further increasing the pool of potential occupiers.”

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said: “iPort is one of the major private sector developments that the new link road will unlock, creating economic growth and providing thousands of new jobs. This important milestone is another piece of the jigsaw as Doncaster’s economy goes from strength to strength. It will encourage further investment in Doncaster.”

The current proposals are for at least five large buildings of up to 1.2 million sq ft each, as well as many smaller units, all up to a height of 35 metres.

Solar farm plan is put in

Plans have been submitted to Doncaster Council to install a solar farm on the former site of Thorne Colliery. Energy company RES wants to construct the site near Moorends.

If given the go-ahead, Thorne Colliery Solar Farm would be capable of producing renewable electricity to power 1,500 homes a year.

Project manager Eliot Davies said: “We believe the former Thorne Colliery site offers an excellent opportunity to generate renewable electricity using the power of the sun, continuing the tradition of using this land as an important source of energy.” A decision is expected by the end of the year.