Jobs boost as road backed

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JOURNEY times from Sheffield to Robin Hood Airport will be slashed after plans for a new link road were approved.

The Finningley and Rossington Relief Route scheme is set to create 20,000 jobs and attract £200 million of investment in South Yorkshire after Doncaster Council’s planning committee granted planning permission yesterday.

Dan Fell, Doncaster Chamber of Commerce deputy chief executive, said: “This starts to make the airport look not just like Doncaster’s local airport, but also Sheffield’s too.

“At the moment you can be talking 40 minutes to an hour to drive to Robin Hood Airport from Sheffield. This will mean it is inside 30 minutes.

“From an airline’s point of view, I would expect 30 minutes from Britain’s fifth largest city is quite attractive.”

Work is expected to start on the £60 million road in August.

Labour MP Caroline Flint, whose Don Valley constituency includes the new road, said: “At a time when jobs are precious, this project offers the prospect of the new jobs our town is crying out for.”