The second and final phase of Great Yorkshire Way, which will complete the direct link from Junction 3 of the M18 motorway to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, is progressing well.
Delivered by Doncaster Council, the project will connect Great Yorkshire Way from the A638 Bawtry Road / Great North Road to a new roundabout on Hurst Lane offering users a quicker and easier route to the airport.
With most of the earthworks approaching completion the council’s contractor, Carillion, is now busy laying the road surface starting at what will become a new roundabout on Bawtry Road / Great North Road, just south of Parrots Corner.
The project also includes additional cycling and pedestrian facilities to further improve links between Auckley and the development area around the airport to the existing network and the town centre. A new underpass to take the Hayfield Lane to Hurst Plantation bridleway under the new road is also well underway.
Cllr Bill Mordue, Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Economic Development, said: “I am delighted construction work is going well on Great Yorkshire Way. This regeneration route has already had a transformational impact on our economy.
“Doncaster Sheffield Airport continues to expand, the iPort has already signed up household names like Amazon, CEVA, Fellowes and Lidl as tenants and is making good progress with its rail freight terminal and people are moving into the new homes at Torne Park in Rossington. Great Yorkshire Way is really delivering on the jobs, homes and economic growth front as we said it would."
Making the connection to Bawtry Road will require off-peak and night time lane restrictions so temporary traffic signals will be in operation until the New Year. To complete the roundabout and bring it into use, part of Bawtry Road / Great North Road will be closed over the following weekend:
• from 8pm on Friday 1 December to 6am on Monday 4 December.
On this weekend, Bawtry Road / Great North Road between Parrots Corner and Littleworth Lane will be closed with a number of diversions in place depending on where people are driving to and from. Access in and out of Rossington at Parrots Corner will continue to be available and local businesses in the area will remain open.
Residents are asked to go to www.doncaster.gov.uk/greatyorkshireway to view the diversions so they can plan their journeys during the weekend.
The signposted diversions are designed to spread the traffic across the existing network to minimise the impact of additional vehicles on alternative routes.
Martin Black, Carillion’s Senior Project Manager, said: “The works at Great Yorkshire Way are progressing to plan and we remain on programme to open the road to the travelling public by late spring 2018. The team are continuing to work collaboratively with Doncaster Council to deliver this prestigious project.
“To minimise disruption and to ensure the safety of the public and our workforce we will be carrying out work on Bawtry Road over a weekend avoiding weekday peak traffic. We aim to complete this vital work in just one weekend but this will depend on the weather and so as a precaution we have also made plans to work over the following weekend if necessary. We will also need to manage traffic as the works proceed and there will be lane restrictions on the approaches to complete the roundabout. I would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience that these very important works may cause.”
Carillion is the main contractor for the scheme designed by Mott MacDonald and the Council’s Strategic Infrastructure team. Tarmac is Carillion’s joint venture partner on the project. The second phase has been funded by the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund (SCRIF).
The key first phase from Junction 3 of the M18 to the A638 Bawtry Road at Parrots Corner opened in February 2016. It has already led to significant growth in passenger numbers at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, seen major developments built on Verdion’s iPort site and enabled residents to move into their brand new homes at Torne Park on Harworth Group’s reclaimed former Rossington Colliery site.