Monday, February 29, 2016

News: Key FARRRS route opens


The first part of the key Finningley And Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) is set to open to traffic today - the £56m project is set to slash journey times from Sheffield city centre to Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield to 25 minutes.

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, it 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.

One of the new developments includes the regeneration of the former Rossington Colliery which will be accessed by a link from West End Lane in Rossington to FARRRS. The finishing touches are being made to this section and it will open within a few weeks.

1,200 new homes are planned at Rotherham-based developers, Harworth Estates' Torne Park, the former Rossington Colliery site. Construction began last year on the brownfield regeneration scheme which is expected to take ten years to complete.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: "We have been committed to opening the new airport link road as soon it's ready and I am delighted that road users will shortly be able to take advantage of the significant travel benefits it delivers.

"The new road is also a route to jobs and growth. The £400m iPort is progressing well, new homes are going up at the former Rossington Colliery site and with a host of new European flights announced by Doncaster Sheffield Airport it is already proving to be an economic success for Doncaster and the wider Sheffield City Region."

Tim Love, director at Harworth Estates, said last year: "Transport is a key issue because currently getting in and out of Rossington is a tortuous experience. FARRRS creates a whole new entrance to the village and will mean you can get to Doncaster town centre in about ten minutes. The regeneration of the site wouldn't be happening without FARRRS.

"I must admit, when I first walked on the tarmac of the new road I got a real buzz because I remember when it looked like a war zone."

The Doncaster Council led FARRRS project is also supported financially by the Growing Places Fund and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. The main contractor is Carillion and the designer is Mott MacDonald.

£9.1m is set to be made available to complete the important project with plans being finalised for a second phase that will see FARRRS extended from Bawtry Road to Hurst Lane where it will meet up with the existing airport access road.

The funding is set to come from the Sheffield city region investment fund for strategic infrastructure investment (SCRIF) - a framework of funding streams to deliver essential strategic infrastructure to increase economic growth and jobs in Sheffield city region.

Doncaster Council is leading the project and is set to put forward the remaining £1.455m of the estimated costs needed to complete the road.

Flights from Doncaster on eight new Flybe routes begin at the end of March.

Doncaster Council website

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