Mayor labels inland rail port plan a ‘major opportunity’

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MAYOR Peter Davies has described plans agreed by developers for an inland rail port at Rossington as a major opportunity for Doncaster.

Three major companies have agreed a funding and development plan for the £400 million deal which they claim will create 5,500 new jobs.

Mr Davies, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “The Inland Port is a major opportunity for Doncaster, building on its excellent transport links to the rest of the country.

“It will deliver about 5,000 jobs and the council is working with the developer to ensure training and recruitment is in place to guarantee the scheme benefits the economy of Doncaster.

“This will put Doncaster on track to be one of the premier places for logistics in the UK thanks to its central location.

“This is another step forward for our plans to transform the town and demonstrates just what a great place Doncaster is to do business.”

Work is expected to begin on the development next year after Helios Europe, the European specialist logistics developer, forged an alliance with both Shepherd Developments and SEGRO plc. The site, at junction three of the M18 will have customs clearance and bonded warehouses on site.

It will be accessed by the planned FARRRS link road which has just been granted an £18 million grant from the Government under the Regional Growth Fund.

The road will link the Inland Port project to nearby Robin Hood Airport.

A detailed planning application is expected this year to enable the first buildings to be available for occupation in 2012. The developers have the major port operator lined up to run the rail cargo operation.