Plans for link road set to motor ahead

Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies
Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies

PLANS to build a multi-million pound link road link road between Robin Hood Airport and the M18 can finally move forward after final details were completed by council officials.

Doncaster Council’s planning committee backed planning permission for the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) a month ago - but important details still had to be finalised through officials using delegated powers before it could progress.

But the council has confirmed the details have now been sorted out - meaning the scheme can move ahead.

Technical issues had to be sorted out with both the Environment Agency and the Highways Agency over issues such as flooding.

A council spokesman said construction is expected to start towards the end of summer.

Experts have predicted the £60 million FARRRS scheme will create 20,000 jobs in Doncaster and beyond in the long term. The first 6,000 jobs are predicted to arrive before 2015.

Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said: “It is excellent news for Doncaster and the wider region that the plans for FARRRS have been officially rubber stamped.

“The link road will create the right conditions for new private sector developments to start and these will drive economic growth, create jobs and make a huge difference for the town.

“Doncaster is taking off as an investment hotspot.”

Work will now move on towards appointing contractors to carry out the construction work on the scheme.

The road will take traffic from junction three of the M18 to Parrot’s Corner, on the A638 Great North Road. From there, vehicles will use existing roads to get to the airport.

Since the planning committee backed the scheme, more flights have already been announced for the airport on the back of the news.

The road will also link Rossington to the M18 and is expected to reduce the volume of traffic using Bawtry Road by 17 per cent.