Funding approved for FARRRS plans

Robin Hood Airport
Robin Hood Airport

A MULTI-MILLION pound motorway link road for Robin Hood Airport has received a huge funding boost from regeneration bosses.

The £18 million Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route (FARRRS) will see a new link road from junction three of the M18 serve the south east of Doncaster.

It has been announced that the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board has approved £2 million from its Growing Places Fund for the link road.

Peter Dale, Doncaster Council development director, said: “I am pleased that the LEP Board agreed to allocate Growing Places Funding to the FARRRS link road.

“Securing this funding is key to generating further jobs and investment in the borough.

“The new link road will greatly improve connections with national and international markets through Robin Hood Airport and the Inland Port, bringing thousands of new jobs and millions of pounds of local investment to the Sheffield City Region.”

The new link road will take a route north of Rossington, initially as a dual carriageway, before changing to a single carriageway road to Parrots Corner on the A638.

Traffic will then have to use existing roads to finish the journey to the airport.

James Newman, chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “Growing Places Funding is giving important development projects across the Sheffield City Region the boost they need to deliver real economic and social benefits to residents and businesses.

“Growing Places is helping the LEP to concentrate its efforts where it matters locally, which means better value for money and real improvements for our communities and our economy.”

Following news in the Budget that the LEP has secured a further £6 million worth of Government funding to continue its Growing Places Funding programme, the LEP will soon be announcing a new round of applications for funding.

It is anticipated that FARRRS could be open by early 2014.