Final £9m phase of Doncaster's airport link road set to begin

Work on the final phase of Doncaster's celebrated airport link road is set to begin thanks to more than £9 million funding.

Tuesday, 7th March 2017, 3:33 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:41 am
Civic leaders celebrate completion of phase one of the Great Yorkshire Way.

The remaining work on Great Yorkshire Way will cost about £9.8 million with £9.1m contributed by the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund and the rest of the balance coming from Doncaster Council’s Capital Programme.

Doncaster Council’s cabinet will meet on March 14 to discuss the latest developments of the scheme where work could begin as early as April.

The road will create a one mile connection from Bawtry Road to Hurst Lane completing the hugely important link between the motorway network and Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

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Doncaster mayor Ros Jones said: “Just one year after the opening of Great Yorkshire Way we are planning for the second phase to start in the coming months. Completing the link will provide a seamless journey from the motorway to Doncaster Sheffield Airport offering even easier access to our international airport.

“Great Yorkshire Way has already made a remarkable difference for Doncaster’s economy and the wider region. Doncaster Sheffield Airport continues to go from strength to strength, iPort has let units to numerous household names and new homes are being built. We always said it was more than just a new road and the results are there for all to see. Great Yorkshire Way is driving jobs and growth.”

The first phase of Great Yorkshire Way created a three mile link from Junction 3 of the M18 to the A638 Bawtry Road and opened in February last year. Project leaders say the link road will cut down journey times to the airport and also to the £400m inland port at Rossington and a new housing development on the former Rossington Colliery site.

Veridon's iPort will take in freight by train from coastal ports where it will be processed through customs before being transported onwards via road and rail. Project leaders say it could create up to 5000 jobs.

Developer Harworth Estates are constructing 1, 200 homes along with a pub, hotel, food store and primary school on the former colliery site.