Planning permission has been granted today (20 September) for the second phase of Great Yorkshire Way which will complete the link between the motorway network and Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
Coordinated by Doncaster Council and funded by the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund, the second stage of this regeneration route will create a one mile connection from Bawtry Road to Hurst Lane.
Commenting on the Planning Committee’s decision, Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “I am delighted we have reached the next stage of this key regeneration project. The final section will enhance the remarkable transformation this link road is having for Doncaster and particularly our international airport.”
Great Yorkshire Way opened earlier this year and the three mile link from junction three of the M18 to Parrot’s Corner at the A638 Bawtry Road has significantly reduced congestion in the south of Doncaster, cut journey times to the airport and has seen major private sector developments flourish. People across the borough and beyond are benefiting from the new road.
The £500million iPort already has Fellowes, Amazon and CEVA confirmed as tenants.
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Doncaster Sheffield Airport continues to expand with Flybe flying people to numerous European holiday and business destinations. The airport has just announced August was their busiest month on record and over one million people have flown from Doncaster Sheffield Airport in the past 12 months.
Mayor Jones, continued: “Great Yorkshire Way has already been the catalyst for significant levels of private sector investment which is delivering the expected new jobs, growth and homes for Doncaster and Sheffield City Region. These major economic benefits will continue to be realised with the completion of this major infrastructure scheme.”
Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the Sheffield City Region 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, said: “This is a fantastic step forward in terms of connectivity and will make passenger journeys to Doncaster Sheffield Airport even easier. The new road, which opened earlier this year, aptly named ‘Great Yorkshire Way’, links Doncaster Sheffield Airport directly with the UK’s major motorway network from junction 3 of the M1. 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 10 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.”
Construction of the second phase could start towards the end of 2016 and be completed by late 2017.
The Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) now referred to as Great Yorkshire Way is supported by the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Combined Authority and is a central part of the Sheffield City Region Growth Plan which aims to stimulate economic growth and create 70,000 jobs over the next 10 years.
People can find out more about the scheme at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/greatyorkshireway