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15 April 2011

Mott MacDonald helps Doncaster Council gain funding for FARRRS project

Mott MacDonald has helped Doncaster Council and its private sector partners gain funding from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund for the Gateway to the Sheffield City Region project, which includes the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS). It is one of just 50 bids to have been awarded funding at this stage.

The scheme, one of the top priorities of the newly formed Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, will improve access to Robin Hood Airport and connect strategic sites for employment and housing.

The bid was compiled by a multi-disciplinary team comprising staff from both Doncaster Council and Mott MacDonald, jointly led by Neil Firth, Doncaster’s project sponsor, Nigel Morley, FARRRS project manager and Mott MacDonald director Brian Witten.

Brian Witten said, “We look forward to working with Doncaster Council, private partners and the local community on the implementation of FARRRS. Careful planning could deliver £1.7 billion of investment in the region once the road has been constructed.”

“An important part of the bid was to meet the aspirations of the private sector stakeholders at an affordable price and our value engineering achieved significantly reduced costs which made the scheme more affordable overall. Our in-house economic regeneration team helped demonstrate that the expenditure on transport infrastructure was a commitment to unlocking enterprise and private sector jobs,” Brian added.

Peter Dale, Doncaster Council's director of regeneration and environment, said: "It has been a fantastic effort from the FARRRS team and the transport and accessibility section to have beaten off many excellent projects to secure the full value of our bid. The fact that we have received double the average successful bid of £9million is an achievement we all should be proud of and clearly demonstrates the confidence the Government has in Doncaster to deliver such an important scheme.”

The FARRRS project will provide a major boost to economic growth across the region and act as a catalyst for attracting investment and creating long term job opportunities. These opportunities will include further development to Robin Hood Airport, the Strategic Rail Freight Interchange proposal adjacent to Junction 3 of the M18, as well as the reclamation of Rossington Colliery.

Mott MacDonald’s economic regeneration manager Paul Hammond said, "This is a great early win for the Local Enterprise Partnership. Mott MacDonald is delighted to have contributed to this huge economic boost for the city region.”

A planning application for FARRRS is expected to be submitted by the end of 2011.


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