My View, Steve Gill - Selling the town is getting easier

Steve Gill
Steve Gill

This week I am in France with the Head of Aviation Development at the annual Routes Europe event, and I’m there singing the praises of Doncaster and the Sheffield City Region.

It is a great time to be at this event. We’ve had lots of good news recently with new routes, extra capacity to existing routes and strong cargo growth. Sharing good news at these events and extolling the virtues of the airport’s plans for the future will boost airlines’ confidence in Robin Hood Airport as a strong regional airport.

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian''Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.''The UK Border Agency has been criticised for safety failings which could have caused an explosion at Robin Hood Airport.''UKBA staff unsafely unloaded and examined explosives at the airport despite being warned not to, the Health and Safety Executive said.''The HSE said if the ammunition had been dropped it may have detonated.''UKBA has accepted a Crown Censure, the equivalent of a prosecution of a government body, from the HSE.''The HSE said 10 people were present and other aircraft nearby when the incident happened at the airport near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in November 2009.

Picture by Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian''Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.''The UK Border Agency has been criticised for safety failings which could have caused an explosion at Robin Hood Airport.''UKBA staff unsafely unloaded and examined explosives at the airport despite being warned not to, the Health and Safety Executive said.''The HSE said if the ammunition had been dropped it may have detonated.''UKBA has accepted a Crown Censure, the equivalent of a prosecution of a government body, from the HSE.''The HSE said 10 people were present and other aircraft nearby when the incident happened at the airport near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, in November 2009.

Selling the benefits of Doncaster and the region is getting easier. Great partnerships have been formed over the years and projects are now coming to fruition.

One of these is one of the biggest transformational projects in Doncaster’s history and one which we are extremely proud to be a part of. The Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme, FARRRS, a new link from junction three of the M18, will be instrumental in supporting growth and the expansion of services at Doncaster Sheffield Airport. The nearly three-mile stretch of road will include a dual carriageway from the M18 towards Rossington to support the Inland Port and an onward link to the airport.

This council-led regeneration project is a true public-private partnership. It has backing from private sector partners Harworth Estates, the Peel Group and Verdion and the Government through the Regional Growth Fund. It is supported regionally by the Growing Places Fund and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. Doncaster Chamber also backs the project.

It will deliver thousands of new jobs and homes and provide a huge boost to the local and regional economy.

As well as cutting journey times and easing congestion for those travelling to the south of Doncaster, FARRRS will help transform Rossington.

It is amazing what we can achieve when we work together. We need to shout about achievements like this. FARRRS is one of the most significant infrastructure projects in the UK and will bring economic benefits for the borough and the Sheffield City Region.

To see regeneration on this scale is rare. Everyone involved should be proud for making this long-held ambition for a link road a reality. For me, it can’t come soon enough. From day one the council understood the importance of this road and how it can help the airport realise its potential. We are delighted to see work commence.

This much needed infrastructure will place the airport at the heart of the region, helping position it as the natural airport of choice for passengers and freight operators.

The link road will greatly improve the City Region’s connections, as well as opening up a substantial amount of new land to investors and developers.

Steve Gill, managing director, Robin Hood Airport