Race starts to build £50m Doncaster airport link

Aaron Morby 8 years ago
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Work on an important link road between Doncaster Robin Hood Airport and the M18 motorway could start next summer.

Doncaster Country Council has just started the search for a contractor to build the 4.4km Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme, or FARRRS as it is otherwise known, after securing funding earlier in the year.

The £50m road scheme won Government cash for its potential to galvanise further development of Robin Hood Airport, the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange proposal adjacent to Junction 3 of the M18, as well as the reclamation of Rossington Colliery.

Around 4.4 km of new highway will be built across low lying open farm land to the north of Rossington and will connect the M18 motorway with the the A638 Great North Road and B6463 Sheep Bridge Lane, known locally as Parrot’s Corner.

The risk of flooding means that most of the highway will be raised on an embankment, needing 700 000 cu m of fill material.

The first 1.5km  from the motorway is designed as dual carriageway, the remaining 2.8km from a new Rossington roundabout to Parrot’s Corner is to be single carriageway.

The scheme also includes a 1km spur from the roundabout to the former Rossington Colliery.

Reclamation and redevelopment of the colliery site is due to start in early next year. This will includes the recovery of coal from the colliery spoil tips and development of an eco-village.

Several structures will be needed on the route, including crossings over the Brancliffe to Kirk Sandall railway line and the East Coast Main Line and two subways to maintain public  access for vehicles and pedestrians.

There will also be extensive ditch and flood relief culverts as well as attenuation ponds built to control discharges into the local watercourses.

Contractors have until 6 February to submit PQQs, which are available at the procurement site: https://scms.alito.co.uk

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