Funding has been announced to complete a multi-million-pound link road that will slash journey times to Doncaster airport.
The Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) is to be extended with a dual carriageway running from Parrots Corner directly to Doncaster Robin Hood Airport.
The extension of the scheme was given the green light after £320 million was secured for Sheffield City Region, which will create over 28,000 jobs and training for 40,000 people.
The airport link road is one of the infrastructure projects set to benefit from the cash injection.
Previous plans had only had the cash to take a road to Parrot’s Corner, around two miles from the airport, leaving traffic to take its chances on the local roads from there.
But the latest announcement means traffic will be able to go all the way from the motorway to the terminal building on a newly-built high speed link.
Work on the first section of road, from junction three of the M18 to Parrot’s Corner, is under way.
Glyn Jones, Deputy Mayor of Doncaster, said: “This is wonderful news for Doncaster and supports our plan for jobs and growth.
“The funding will back important projects which can unlock the potential of development sites right across the borough and help create thousands of new jobs and homes. Doncaster has four projects in line for support which will benefit the borough and the Sheffield City Region.
“The funding will aid the continued regeneration of Doncaster’s town centre and the final phase of a direct route from the motorway network to Robin Hood Airport through the already committed Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS).
“The DN7 initiative will provide a new link road from junction five of the M18 to Hatfield improving access to the Don Valley Power Park and the West Moor Link scheme will mean the roads heading into Doncaster from junction four of the M18 upgraded.
“Delivering jobs and growth is a top priority and the schemes this funding supports will create the right conditions to attract new investment, companies and jobs.”
Steve Gill, managing director of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: “This is great news for the city region. This level of investment in infrastructure shows a great deal of vision and will undoubtedly make the region more appealing to businesses.
“Making the airport more accessible will help us to attract the variety of routes that people want to see us reach from the region and this investment will be a major boost to the economy.”
The new section of the scheme will also give new access to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
The funding has also paved the way for improvements on transport links to new housing and employment sites in Dearne Valley as well as funding in the Harworth and Bircotes area to support the development of the former colliery site,
Chief executive of Doncaster Chamber Phil Harris, said: “By securing the fifth largest Growth Deal, the Sheffield City Region has clearly demonstrated to Government that it has the capability to create growth and much needed jobs in order to enhance the region’s economic performance, and by devolving such a substantial amount of funds to the region, the Government has demonstrated the strength of the Sheffield City Region LEPs Strategic Economic Plan.
“Furthermore, it highlights the years of hard-work put in by both the public and private sectors throughout the City Region which has finally bore fruit. Ultimately this Growth Deal will begin to make the Strategic Economic Plan a reality through increased funding for skills and training as well as major new infrastructure projects, such as the extended link road to Doncaster-Sheffield Airport amongst others.”
The new funding will also enable the City Region’s leaders to create a £130 million Skills Bank, which will provide training for 40,000 people in the Sheffield City Region, including between 5,000 and 7,500 apprentices.