Summer start hope for Airport link road

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Work on Doncaster’s multi-million airport link road could start as soon as summer 2012, according to ecstatic council chiefs.

Doncaster’s £18 million share of the Regional Growth Fund announced yesterday has also been welcomed by Robin Hood Airport, which expects a major boost in air traffic.

The RGF grants announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also provided a boost for Doncaster-based Keepmoat Homes, who successfully bid for £8 million with Hull City Council which will see nearly 1,500 new and refurbished homes in the port.

Doncaster Council and its private sector partners were successful in landing its full £18 million bid and was one of just 50 bids to have been awarded funding at this stage.

The project, which includes the continued development of the airport, the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange proposal next to Junction 3 of the M18 and the reclamation of Rossington Colliery, will provide a major boost to economic growth across the region and act as a catalyst for attracting investment and creating long term job opportunities.

It also includes the construction of the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme which is the infrastructure required to unlock the developments.

Peter Dale, Doncaster Council’s Director of Regeneration and Environment, said: “This is tremendous news for Doncaster as this Gateway has the potential to deliver approaching 24,000 jobs for both Doncaster and surrounding area.

“It has been a fantastic effort from the FARRRS team and the Transport and Accessibility Section to have beaten off many excellent projects to secure the full value of our bid. The fact that we have received double the average successful bid of £9 million is an achievement we all should be proud of and clearly demonstrates the confidence the Government has in Doncaster to deliver such an important scheme.”

Craig Richmond, Peel Airports chief executive, added: “This is tremendous news and will help to bring this vital link between the motorway network and the airport one step nearer and benefiting the future potential for growth in both passenger and freight services at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.”