Start is delayed on airport link

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PLANS for a new link road to Robin Hood Airport have hit delays as work was just about to start.

Construction on the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme known as FARRRS was due to begin this week after being given the green light by councillors earlier this year.

But despite on-site preparation work the project, which will link the M18 with the airport, is still awaiting contractors to move in to get work under way.

However, Doncaster Council bosses behind the multimillion project insist the delays are minor and that work will soon be up and running.

Peter Dale, the council’s director of regeneration and environment, said: “Given the scale of the project and its complexity, the finishing touches are still being made to key agreements between the various partners and stakeholders.

“All parties are fully committed to FARRRS and once the imminent deal is complete construction of this important scheme will get under way.

“The scheme opens the door to new investment in the town which will bring many thousands of new jobs and homes and deliver economic growth at a time when it is certainly needed. FARRRS remains right on track.”

The project will include a dual carriageway from the M18 towards Rossington supporting the Inland Port before continuing as a single carriageway to the A638 at Parrot’s Corner.

There will also be improved links to Rossington and Finningley, making Robin Hood easily connected to the UK network.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced the development as part of a package of road improvements across Yorkshire and the Humber region totalling £32.4 million. 
The work is aimed at improving road safety and reducing bottlenecks on the northbound carriageway between junction two - the A1(M) interchange and junction three, the White Rose Way turn off.

Announcing the decision earlier this year, mayor Peter Davies described FARRRS as ‘tremendous news’, adding: “2012 is becoming a monumental year for enhancing the economic prospects of Doncaster. Improvements are going to plan along White Rose Way, the first phase of the civic and cultural quarter is starting to open and plans for this new link road are motoring along nicely.”