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18 March 2016

New £56 million FARRRS highway enters operation, UK

Construction of the £56 million Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) in Doncaster, UK has been completed and the highway is now in use. Mott MacDonald provided Doncaster Council with the majority of pre-construction services on the project.

Planning for a link connecting the south of Doncaster to Junction 3 of the M18 started over a decade ago, with the aim of driving continued growth at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and providing access to new local developments. The first phase, known as Great Yorkshire Way, comprises 1.5km of new dual carriageway and 3km of single carriageway connecting the existing motorway junction to the A638 Great North Road. It also includes two new rail bridges, one with a 42m span crossing the East Coast Main Line, as well as four new bridges over local watercourses.

Mott MacDonald’s role began with helping to win £18 million of investment from the government’s Regional Growth Fund and securing agreements worth £34 million with the council’s private sector partners. The consultancy also provided project management support throughout and offered technical support during construction. Prior to construction Mott MacDonald carried out environmental and traffic appraisals, provided assistance at public consultations, prepared the planning application, drafted the compulsory purchase and side road orders and undertook the majority of design work. The consultancy is now providing similar services to the council for the second phase of FARRRS, which will complete the road from the A638 to the airport.

John Bowes, Mott MacDonald’s project director, said: “We are proud to have worked with Doncaster Council and their partners to successfully deliver the Great Yorkshire Way project. Right from the start we understood its regional importance in linking together various economic projects and communities in a new, creative way and recognised how it will act as a catalyst for transformational regeneration. Great Yorkshire Way will help the council deliver their strategic vision to improve the quality of life for its residents, commuters and visitors and we are delighted to see our design enter operation. It goes to show that hard work, determination and a collaborative approach pays off.”

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