My View, Steve Gill: FARRRS opening is great for the town

What a fantastic week for Doncaster and the Sheffield City Region as we officiallyopened what was known as the FARRRS link road and named it Great Yorkshire Way.

Wednesday, 2nd March 2016, 8:00 am
The opening of the Great Yorkshire Way, FARRRS. Picture: Andrew Roe

The three-mile-long section from the M18 to Parrots Corner is fully open, so please use it!

It has been named to acknowledge its prominence as a prime gateway into Yorkshire and to reflect its importance as a catalyst for transforming the regional economy. 

This major link road will cut journey times to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, now the UK’s fastest growing airport, and help to create thousands of new jobs and homes in Doncaster.

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We will be shortly starting new Flybe routes to Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Faro, Newquay, Jersey, Alicante and Malaga. They will be flying fromMarch 24.

These routes are due to this new road and an extra one million potential passengers will now be within a 60 minute drive of the airport, a truly transformational impact.

We are all so proud to have played a part in the development of the Great Yorkshire Way, which places Doncaster Sheffield Airport within minutes of the UK’s major motorway network and bringing global business closer to Sheffield’s £28 billion economy.

At the airport we have already begun to see impressive planned growth as a result of the new road with increased capacity from our incumbent airlines Thomson and Wizz and new airlines Aer Lingus and Flybe seeing the potential of flying from the Sheffield City Region. This is alongside a record year for cargo.

Great Yorkshire Way is already facilitating significant new developments along its corridor. The developments include the first two high quality logistics units at the £400million iPort and the first of 1,200 new homes at Torne Park on the regenerated former Rossington Colliery site.

It has been delivered by a unique team made from the very best of the public and private sectors.

The partnership between Doncaster Council, Peel Group, Verdion and Harworth Estates plus Mott MacDonald’s design and Carillion’s construction expertise made this £56million road a reality.

Following an event at the airport with many of the people involved in the project and local business representatives we visited the road and unveiled the new name.

It really was fantastic to see people using the road yesterday and really seeing for themselves the difference this makes to their journey.

We look forward to welcoming passengers both new and old to the airport – which just got closer.