Doncaster economy set for major boost

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A shortlist of major projects with the potential to boost Doncaster’s economy by billions of pounds has been revealed.

The major development schemes have been highlighted in a list of regional investment priorities published by the Sheffield City Region Local Transport Body.

Six of the 19-strong list of key transport and infrastructure schemes set to be submitted to the Department of Transport are linked to Doncaster.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones, who is a Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership board member, said: “I am delighted schemes that can deliver significant economic growth for Doncaster and the wider region have been given priority status for funding.

“These important projects can unlock the potential of development sites right across the borough and help create thousands of new jobs and homes.

“Delivering jobs and growth is one of my top priorities and these schemes put forward are important infrastructure projects that will create the right conditions to attract new investment, companies and jobs. Doncaster is a forward thinking and ambitious town and this Sheffield City Region support sends out a clear message to developers that we are growth hotspot.”

Projects include the DN7 initiative, which will provide a new link road from junction five of the M18 to Hatfield, improving access to the Don Valley Power Park.

The West Moor Link scheme will see the roads heading into Doncaster from junction four of the M18 upgraded and a new A1/A19 Carcroft link road will be built.

These major schemes will drive regeneration along the routes by helping a range of new housing and employment developments get off the ground.

The projects also include the continued regeneration of Doncaster’s town centre, improved bus links between Doncaster and Barnsley and further works to improve access to Doncaster’s international airport.

Once assessed by government, the schemes will go into further rounds of assessment which will develop funding packages for the ten-year Sheffield City Region programme starting in 2015. It will then be decided which of the schemes go forward.

A public consultation on the proposals is set to take place betweeb August 1 and September 15.

Full details of the Initial Prioritised Scheme List is available on the Sheffield City Region website at www.sheffieldcityregion.org.uk.