WORK is underway on a new bridge which should help bring new jobs and growth to Doncaster.
At the weekend a crane lifted two pairs of steel bridge beams onto supporting walls on either side of the East Coast Mainline.
The final beams for the 42 metre span bridge – a vital part of the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) link road, which will provide a new route from junction 3 of the M18 to Robin Hood airport with links into Rossington village and the iPort development – will be lifted into place this weekend.
Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said it was good news for a number of reasons
She said: “The FARRRS link road is the catalyst for huge levels of private sector investment in Doncaster in the shape of the £400m 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 £56m link road is the three-mile route from junction 3 to Parrott’s Corner on the A638 south of Doncaster which is due to open in early 2016.
The second phase completing the link to the airport should start shortly after the first phase is completed.
The airport’s managing director, Steve Gill, said: “It is great to see this transformational project reaching such a major milestone.
“We have been pleased to hear feedback from our airline partners who are impressed with the ambition and drive behind this new road.”
Tim Love, from developer Harworth Estates, welcomed the scheme.
He said: “All of this work will allow the construction of new homes to begin in the Spring, complementing the economic growth that FARRRS is supporting for the benefit of the borough and its residents.”
The East Coast Mainline bridge is the second to carry the link road over railway lines after 27 pre-cast concrete beams were used in the bridge over the Brancliffe to Kirk Sandall railway line last Autumn.