Vital Finningley and Rossington road scheme bridge works

Bridge beam construction on FARRRS link road.
Bridge beam construction on FARRRS link road.

Vital work has begun on a key bridge that is part of the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS).

It sees the FARRRS link road cross the East Coast mainline. A 1,000 tonne crane carried out night time lifts which saw the first two pairs of steel beams weighing more than 80 tonnes carefully positioned onto the supporting walls on either side of the track.

The next stage will see Doncaster Council and the main contractor Carillion lift the final pair of beams into place to form the 42 metre span bridge. Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “This important project is a major engineering feat which will help to deliver new jobs and growth in Doncaster. Building work continues to motor along at pace with the link road scheme on course to open early next year.

“The FARRRS link road is the catalyst for huge levels of private sector investment in Doncaster in the shape of the £400 million iPort development and 1,200 new homes on the former Rossington Colliery site. It will also help to increase passenger numbers and business growth at the airport.”

The first phase of the £56 million FARRRS link is creating a three-mile route from junction three of the M18 to Parrott’s Corner on the A638 south of Doncaster and is on track to be completed and opened in early 2016. The work will allow building of new Harworth Estates homes to be built in the spring.