Wednesday, September 21, 2016

News: Airport link phase 2 approved

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A £15m second phase of the link road to Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) has secured planning permission.

Previously known as the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS), the link road is of huge importance.

The £56m first phase of the project, with £18m from the Government's Regional Growth Fund and money from airport owners and significant land-holders, Peel, and developers such as Harworth Estates, is estimated to result in £1 billion of further investment and 14,000 jobs by providing a new highway from the M18 at junction 3 to Bawtry Road close to the airport, with links into Rossington village and the iPort development.

Opened in February and renamed the Great Yorkshire Way, it has slashed journey times from Sheffield city centre to the airport to around 25 minutes.

Approved by planners at Doncaster Council this week, the second stage of this regeneration route will create a one mile connection from Bawtry Road to Hurst Lane.

Coordinated by Doncaster Council, a bid was submitted last year to secure £9.1m from the Sheffield city region investment fund for strategic infrastructure investment (SCRIF). SCRIF is a framework of funding streams to deliver essential strategic infrastructure to increase economic growth and jobs in Sheffield city region.

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Sir Nigel Knowles, chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said: "Long-term economic growth requires sustainable investments that build and nurture vibrant communities. Connectivity is absolutely key to that growth and this road vastly accelerates journey times to Sheffield City Region's fast-growing airport.

"Now connected to major airport hubs across Europe including Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam, Sheffield city region is opening up new markets for growing businesses. This road development has the full support of the Local Enterprise Partnership."

Steve Gill, chief executive of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, added: "This is a fantastic step forward in terms of connectivity and will make passenger journeys to Doncaster Sheffield Airport even easier. The enhanced access means quicker and easier journeys to the airport for passengers, but importantly it also transforms the airports catchment area. There are now an additional 1 million passengers within 60 minutes of the airport.

"The benefits of this scheme are already evident with Flybe opening a brand new base serving ten destinations, including major European hubs, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin, and incumbent airlines Thomson and WizzAir continue to go from strength to strength.

"We are looking forward to seeing this project getting underway and to bringing the airport even closer for our passengers."

The announcement comes as the airport celebrates a fifth consecutive record month for passenger growth, carrying over 1 million passengers for the last twelve months. August was the busiest month on record with more than 145,000 passengers flying from the regional airport for the Sheffield city region.

Construction of the second phase could start towards the end of 2016 and be completed by late 2017.

Robin Hood Airport website

Images: Doncaster Council


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