Great Yorkshire Way - driving jobs and growth

The Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) project - now known as Great Yorkshire Way - has provided a new highway from the M18 at junction three to Doncaster Sheffield Airport with links into Rossington and the iPort development.

Great Yorkshire Way opened on 29 February 2016.

As well as supporting exciting new developments along the route and at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, this new three mile stretch of road has reduced congestion and dramatically cut journey times for people travelling to and from the south of Doncaster.

One of those new developments includes the regeneration of the former Rossington Colliery accessed by a link from West End Lane in Rossington to Great Yorkshire Way. 

See Great Yorkshire Way from above, view the aerial film at the bottom of the page.

Great Yorkshire Way is:

  • supporting new developments and growth at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and along the route like iPort and Torne Park
  • improving access to Rossington and Finningley
  • providing an alternative route into Doncaster from the south, avoiding Bawtry Road

Phase One

The first phase of the project from Junction 3 of the M18 to the A638 at Parrots Corner was funded by:

  • the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and Growing Places Fund
  • private sector developer contributions from partners
  • Doncaster Council corporate resources
  • the Sheffield City Region Transport Strategy (the Local Transport Plan)

Work on this section started in October 2013 and opened on 29 February 2016.

In 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.

If you are interested in seeing how this major engineering feat took place view the East Coast Main Line bridge beam lift video.

Pedestrians and cyclists

Both Great Yorkshire Way and White Rose Way are designed as major links connecting to the M18 motorway and are designed to carry high flows of traffic up to the national speed limit. The combination of both roads and the motorway junction that they join is not an attractive route for pedestrians and cyclists so there is no specific provision (except on White Rose Way between Lakeside and Balby Carr/Potteric Carr) although on carriageway cycling is permitted. Other public rights of way in the vicinity offer safer and more attractive provision and crossings have been provided to maintain these alternative routes. In addition, traffic flows through Bessacarr and Cantley are expected to reduce now that Great Yorkshire Way has opened and we would encourage cyclists and pedestrians to take advantage of the improved amenity benefits along these existing corridors. The development on the former Rossington Colliery site will also include local pedestrian and cycling facilities.

Phase Two (Bawtry Road to Hurst Lane)

A planning application was approved for the second phase on Tuesday 20 September 2016. This will see Great Yorkshire Way extended by creating a new section from Bawtry Road to Hurst Lane.

This will create a high quality direct link from Doncaster Sheffield Airport to the M18 and also White Rose Way and Lakeside, the site of the new National College for High Speed Rail.

By shortening journey times and reducing congestion along this corridor, development will continue to accelerate and the connections between businesses and people needed to drive Doncaster forward will continue to flourish.

Before the application was submitted, residents were asked for their views on the plans. Events took place at Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Hatchell Wood Primary School and Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Thank you to everyone who attended and gave their feedback at the events or online. 

More information is in the Phase 2 Information document in the downloads and resources section on the right hand side of this page.

Construction could start towards the end of 2016 and be complete by late 2017.

Further information

For the latest information on the scheme please see the documents to the right of this page.

Last updated: 20 September 2016 16:05:39