Progress made on Doncaster’s FARRRS scheme

Bridge over the River Torne looking north towards FARRRS and the M18. Picture: Shaun Flannery
Bridge over the River Torne looking north towards FARRRS and the M18. Picture: Shaun Flannery
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Important progress has been made on the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) link road that will unlock housing and employment land to speed-up the regeneration of the borough.

Work is right on schedule to construct a new highway from the M18 at junction 3 to Robin Hood Airport, with links into Rossington village and the Inland Port development.

Builders are working hard to construct six new bridges needed to make the link to Rossington and to the A638 Bawtry Road at Parrott’s Corner.

These include two bridges spanning the East Coast and Brancliffe to Kirk Sandall (BKS) railway lines and four over the watercourses that currently make access to this part of Doncaster difficult.

Just last week, beams were lifted into place at the bridge which will carry a new link over the River Torne and connect FARRRS to Rossington at West End Lane.

The Rossington link will enable work to start on Harworth Estates’ development of 1,200 homes on the former Rossington Colliery site and also bring Rossington close to the job opportunities that will be created by Verdion at its adjacent £400million iPort development.

Access to support the construction of both of these developments will be provided ahead of the opening of the full route in early 2016.

As well as enabling these key projects to be developed, FARRRS will see journey times to Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport dramatically improved.

Doncaster mayor Ros Jones said: “I am delighted to see good progress being made with FARRRS. The route will see significant levels of private sector investment into major projects along the link road and at our international airport. Bringing new jobs and economic growth to the borough are vitally important and this regeneration project is certainly driving Doncaster and the wider Sheffield City Region forward.”

Funding has come from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, while backing has also come from Harworth Estates, the Peel Group and Verdion and is supported regionally by the Growing Places Fund and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Carillion is the main building contractor delivering the scheme, led by Doncaster Council.