PLANS to create a dual carriageway from the M18 into Doncaster have received a £10 million funding boost.
The Government has pledged £9.7 million to the second phase of the White Rose Way widening scheme as part of its attempt to kick start the economy.
It is one of just 20 major infrastructure developments nationally, aimed at creating jobs and boosting the economy to receive cash.
Mayor Peter Davies has hailed the decision which business and civic leaders believe is crucial to triggering further investment and potentially creating thousands of jobs in the borough.
He said: “This announcement is wonderful news for Doncaster. This shows the benefit of strong lobbying of Government Ministers to ensure they understood the economic importance of this project for the town. I am delighted all our hard work has paid off.
“Improvements to this key gateway will create the right conditions to attract new investment, create jobs and boost the local economy. Everything is starting to come together and we have a bright future to look forward to.”
Work on phase one of creating a dual carriageway along the A6182 White Rose Way is already underway. Over the coming weeks a bridge will be put in place over the East Coast Mainline between the Potteric Carr and Lady Bank junctions.
The latest announcement is a major boost to securing the £27.8 million needed for the whole scheme. The second phase is set to start in the spring, subject to European funding.
It is hoped the scheme will be completed by March 2013. Once finished it will mean the road network from junction three of the M18 to Doncaster town centre will be entirely a dual carriageway.
The scheme is anticipated to release planning restrictions on 220,000 square metres of developable land which could deliver 2,700 new jobs and 2,500 new homes. As well as boosting the economy it should also ease congestion.
Doncaster Council has stumped up £7 million and South Yorkshire transport bosses £3 million. The remainder of the cash is expected to come from Europe.