Doncaster link road set to be given multi-million pound cash injection for improvements

Council leaders are set to sign off a multi-million pound grant to improve a major link road regeneration scheme in Doncaster.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 10:36 am

Leaders on the four South Yorkshire councils are expected to sign off £5 million of Sheffield City Region money to improve the A630 West Moor Link road which connects junction 4 of the M18 to Edenthorpe.

The scheme aims to improve journey times on the A630/A18 corridor by replacing the A18 Thorne Rd railway over bridge with a 'widened and deepened prefabricated bridge'.

The works will also allow a second outbound lane, cycleway, more headroom for HGVs and reduced bridge maintenance costs as well as ‘future twin tracking’ of the railway.

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Plans are being drawn up to improve the A630 West Moor Link road

The money from Sheffield City Region Local Growth Fund - which equates to around 47 per cent of the total cost - relates to the additional junction improvement works that are proposed at the nearby roundabouts which is intended to save time for road users.

The road is a major arterial route into various suburbs and the town centre from the A18.

City region bosses noted the scheme ‘could help deliver 2,000 new houses’ while ‘strengthening connectivity’ to the DN7 Hatfield development along with the future vision to provide an additional rail link to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

The wider proposal includes:

- Widening the A18 Thorne Road between Shaw Lane and Sainsbury’s roundabouts.

- Widening at westbound A18 Thorne Road entry lane to Sandall Park roundabout to two lanes.

- Widening of westbound A630 to two lanes for 1km.

- A southbound left turn slip lane from A630 at Shaw Lane Roundabout.

- Widening of the southern part of Shaw Lane roundabout to three lanes.

- Updated lane configuration on the exit to Shaw Lane.

- Improvements to the Clay Lane Roundabout.

Ruth Adams, deputy chief executive at Sheffield City Region, said: “The West Moor Link scheme will resolve an existing transport problem as well as opening up land to unlock investment and generate employment opportunities for a range of businesses, new and existing, in the area.

The Local Growth Fund (LGF) is government funding awarded to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) for projects that benefit the local area and economy.