Great Yorkshire Way - driving jobs and growth

Great Yorkshire Way has provided a new link road from the M18 at junction three to Doncaster Sheffield Airport with links into Rossington and the iPort development. The second and final phase of this major infrastructure project opened in June 2018.

The link road is complete

Phase two of Great Yorkshire Way from the A638 Bawtry Road to Hurst Lane officially opened for traffic on Friday 15 June 2018. It completed the high quality direct link between from the M18 to Doncaster Sheffield Airport 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. 

The benefits

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

The scheme has won a string of awards for its economic impact.

Work on the first phase started in October 2013 and opened on 29 February 2016.

In February 2015, the first beams were lifted into place to create a crucial bridge over the East Coast main line. A 1,000 tonne crane carried out the night time lifts which helped 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.

A fascinating podcast was created by Engineering Matters which talked to various people involved in the project and local people. It explains the scheme, its benefits and how Rossington, in particular, has been transformed by the new road: Saving Rossington 

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.

Pedestrians and cyclists are catered for as part of the second phase.

Yorkshire Gateway landmark

To mark the importance of this road a landmark feature was installed at the Parrots Corner junction in time for the Tour de Yorkshire coming to Doncaster on Thursday 3 May 2018.

More information on the big yellow Y can be found here: Yorkshire Gateway

Further information

During construction of the first phase, Great Yorkshire Way was known as The Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) project. This changed when the road was named.

If you are interested in investing in Doncaster go to: Business Doncaster

For further information on the scheme please see the documents in the downloads section of this page.


Last updated: 11 June 2021 16:37:12