New South Yorks link road will help Robin Hood Airport take off

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PLANS to build the long awaited link road between Robin Hood Airport and the M18 have reached a major landmark after final details were completed by council officials.

Doncaster Council’s planning committee backed planning permission for the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme a month ago - but important details still had to be finalised through officials using delegated powers before it could progress.

But today the council has confirmed the details have now been sorted out - meaning the scheme can move ahead.

Technical issues had to be sorted out with both the Environment Agency and the Highways Agency over factors such as flooding.

A council spokesman said construction is expected to start towards the end of the summer.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies said: “It is excellent news for Doncaster and the wider region that the plans for FARRRS have been officially rubber stamped.

“The link road will create the right conditions for new private sector developments to start and these will drive economic growth, create jobs and make a huge difference for the town. Doncaster is taking off as investment hotspot.”

Work will now move on towards appointing contractors to carry out the construction work on the scheme.

Experts have predicted the £60 million FARRRS scheme will create 20,000 jobs in Doncaster and beyond in the long term. The first 6,000 jobs are predicted to arrive before 2015.

The road will ease traffic congestion and make it easier for travellers to get to the airport.