Work starts on £56m Doncaster road scheme

Ros Jones.  Picture: Andrew Roe
Ros Jones. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Work on a £56 million link road that is set to create thousands of new jobs and homes in the borough has officially started.

The Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) – linking the M18 to Robin Hood Airport – is one of the biggest transformational projects in Doncaster’s history

Representatives who have helped the scheme get to this stage gathered to celebrate by breaking the ground on the site.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “FARRRS is one of the most significant infrastructure projects in the UK and will deliver a raft of economic benefits for the borough and the Sheffield City Region.

“This transformational scheme will be a catalyst for unprecedented growth in and around the airport and in Rossington itself. It helps to lever in substantial levels of inward investment which in turns delivers thousands of new jobs and homes for local people to benefit from.

“Regeneration on this scale is rare and all our public and private sector partners deserve tremendous credit for making this long held ambition for a new link road a reality. This is a momentous day for the town.”

The new link from Junction 3 of the M18 will be instrumental in supporting the expansion of services at Robin Hood Airport and provide the infrastructure to build 1,200 homes on the former Rossington Colliery site and a rail freight interchange in Rossington.