On the road to success

Local businesses join Mayor Ros Jones (second right front row) at the opening of the Ladybank crossroads at Lakeside. Picture: Andrew Roe
Local businesses join Mayor Ros Jones (second right front row) at the opening of the Ladybank crossroads at Lakeside. Picture: Andrew Roe

It is the road which is supposed to open up the way into Doncaster - and it is now up and running officially.

The newly-widened White Rose Way has been open to traffic for several weeks - and now borough officials have recognised its completion with an opening ceremony.

The A6182 Doncaster Southern Gateway Improvement Scheme extends from junction three of the M18 south of Doncaster to Ladybank roundabout, next to Lakeside Village shopping centre.

It has been upgraded to a dual carriageway. A second bridge over the East Coast railway line has been added to accommodate the new southbound carriageway.

The scheme also includes the replacement of Potteric Carr and Lady Bank roundabouts, new crossings, cycling and walking routes.

The scheme, which has been in the making since 2004, was completed on Friday, May 31.

Mrs Jones said: “This is a major landmark in the regeneration of the borough. As well as addressing problems with congestion, White Rose Way enables the delivery of major projects around the Lakeside, the town centre and the FARRRS corridor. Today’s official opening sends a message that the Southern Gateway is an accessible and attractive area for investors and developers.”

Dan Fell, chief executive of Doncaster Chamber, said: “This is a significant step change in the ongoing regeneration of Doncaster’s economy. The chamber has long supported the delivery of the scheme and also the FARRRS project linking the M18 to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, believing both schemes to be significant game changers for Doncaster. It opens up acres of land for inward investment.”