Airport link road gets planning approval

Improved access to South Yorkshire’s Airport took a step closer today as Doncaster Council’s planning department approved a new road link.

The Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) will see a new link road from Junction 3 of the M18 serve the south-east of Doncaster, making a trip to the airport even easier for those travelling from all areas including Sheffield, Rotherham and further afield.

The new road is expected to reduce journey times for airport passengers and cargo operators from Sheffield by up to 20 minutes. The improvements in journey time will also lead to less carbon emissions and relieve congestion on some roads in the area.

Steve Gill, Airport Director for Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “This is fantastic news, not just for the airport but for the region. In the long term this development could lead to the creation of over 20,000 jobs and the investment of over £1.5bn. This will be a transformational project.

The road is a critical component in the drive to further develop airport connectivity which will act as a catalyst in the continued development of Doncaster and the wider Sheffield City Region. The delivery of this much needed infrastructure will truly place the airport at the heart of the Sheffield City Region, positioning the facility as the natural airport of choice.

Daniel Fell, deputy Chief executive at Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, said: “To see the FARRRS scheme take such a significant leap forward is great news for Doncaster and for the city region.

“The Chamber has worked closely with all partners on this scheme and will continue to strive to deliver this invaluable project.”

Construction of the road is expected to start later this year and be operational in early 2014.

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