Finningley And Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS)
Construction of the new road began in October 2013.
The FARRRS project will provide a new highway from the M18 at junction 3 to Robin Hood airport, with links into Rossington village and the iPort development.
The project will improve access to Rossington and Finningley, cater for new developments such as the iPort and growth at the airport and provide an alternative route into Doncaster from the south avoiding Bawtry Road. Existing accesses and Public Rights of Way will be retained and the scheme will include landscaping and improvements to the environment.
The current Phase 1 of the project is being funded by
The Government’s Regional Growth Fund and Growing Places Fund
Private sector developer contributions
Doncaster Council Corporate Resources
- The Sheffield City Region Transport Strategy (the Local Transport Plan)
This will provide sufficient funding to allow for construction up to the A638 at Parrot’s Corner. A funding strategy is being developed to complete the final phase from the A638 to the airport access at Hurst Lane and will be subject to a separate delivery process which has now commenced.
Planning permission was granted in June 2012. Financial and land agreements were completed in 2013 to allow the main construction works to start. The road will become operational in early 2016.
On 7 and 8 February 2015, the first beams were lifted into place over the East Coast Main Line. A 1,000 tonne crane carried out the night time lifts which help form the 42metre span bridge. To watch how this major engineering feat took place click here: ECML bridge beam lifts
For further information on the scheme, see Phase 2 below, and for the latest progress on construction activities of Phase 1 please see the documents section on this page. This includes a regular newsletter prepared by DMBC and the main contractor - Carillion.
On 3 December 2014 the Council approved a preferred route which will see FARRRS extended from Bawtry Road to Hurst Lane where it will meet up with the existing airport access road.
This second phase will also include a link to Warning Tongue Lane delivering further economic and transport benefits for the area. It will improve access to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, the fastest growing wildlife attraction, and reduce the impact for local residents living close by.
Work will now start on completing surveys, final designs and the full business case. Consultation will begin in early 2015 followed by the submission of a planning application later in 2015. Subject to approval, construction will start in early 2016 when the first phase of FARRRS is due to be complete and open.
To view a larger route map click: FARRRS phase 2 map large
iPort, is a £400 million Inland Port project and is one of UK’s largest logistics developments.
iPort is a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) which will deliver over 6 million sq ft (570,000 sq m) of Grade A logistics warehousing linked with a high specification rail freight intermodal container facility. This will provide rail freight services to all major UK ports and the Channel Tunnel.
Logistics developer and investor Verdion, with backing from its funding partner the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), is developing the scheme on a 700 acre (283 hectare) site. Enabling works commenced in November 2014 following the start of FARRRS – the link road which will serve the scheme.
Find out what the iPort is all about via the fly through video available on the following website http://iportuk.com/
See larger aerial view
Meet the buyer event
The Council and the main contractor - Carillion are committed to employing local people and using local suppliers where possible. Over 100 local business people attended a 'meet the buyer' and networking event at Robin Hood Airport in October 2013. Local businesses had the chance to meet the buying team of Carillion and representatives from Harworth Estates, Peel Group and Verdion to find out about their plans. Anyone who missed the event and would like more information should contact Ian Guy in the Business Doncaster team: firstname.lastname@example.org
The brochure from the event is available on the right hand side of this page as a downloadable document.
Considerate Constructors Scheme
Carillion are committed to working with the community and have registered the FARRRS site with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (site ID 77206). Further details of the scheme can be found at http://www.ccscheme.org.uk/