Storm Abigail forces Doncaster council to postpone FARRRS road closures

Storm Abigail is due to reach the UK tonight.
Storm Abigail is due to reach the UK tonight.

Weekend-long road closures, due to come into force tonight, have now been cancelled by Doncaster council - in anticipation of the adverse weather conditions forecast as Storm Abigail begins to batter the borough.

The weekend-long closure of the road network from the existing Parrott’s Corner junction at Rossington Bridge where the new three mile link road from Junction 3 of the M18 meets Sheep Bridge Lane and the A638 Bawtry Road was supposed to come into force from 9pm tonight.

However a Doncaster council spokesman confirmed this has now been postponed due to ' adverse weather reports for this weekend, which indicate that there will be long periods of prolonged heavy rain'.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of rain for South Yorkshire - as Storm Abigail reaches the UK tonight bringing with it 90mph gusts, heavy rain, lightning, and even blizzards.

The road closures were planned to allow for an important milestone to be reached on the multi-million pound Doncaster link road - the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) project.

The roadworks have been rescheduled, and will now be in place from 9pm on Friday, November 20 through to 6am on Monday, November 23

From next Friday work will start on changing the existing Parrott’s Corner junction at Rossington Bridge where the new three mile link road from Junction 3 of the M18 meets Sheep Bridge Lane and the A638 Bawtry Road.

To safely make the connection and complete the carriageway alterations, a weekend closure of the road network is required.

Sheep Bridge Lane will be closed from Bawtry Road up to the access road leading to Torne Valley Farm in Rossington from 9pm on Friday, November 20 until 6am on Monday, November 23. .

The junction of Littleworth Lane and Sheep Bridge Lane will all be closed for this same period as Littleworth Lane is not deemed to be suitable or safe for high levels of use.

However access will be given to the re-routed bus service and emergency services vehicles. Residents who only have access to their properties from Littleworth Lane are kindly asked to use the A638 Bawtry Road junction only.

From 10pm on Saturday, November 21 until 6am on Monday, November 23, a section of Bawtry Road between its junction with Warning Tongue Lane and its junction with Littleworth Lane will be closed. Access will still be available to properties on this stretch of Bawtry Road including the Hare and Tortoise public house.

Signposted diversions and temporary speed limits will be in operation during the weekend.

The Parrott’s Corner Park and Ride site will not be in use but bus services will continue to operate a reduced frequency service with journey times affected by the re-route. More information on bus services is available here.