The three mile link from the M18 to the south of Doncaster landed this year’s regional Constructing Excellence award and the joint team of Doncaster Council, designer Mott MacDonald and contractor Carillion have now seen off stiff opposition to pick up the John Smeaton award for Best Highways and Transportation Project 2016.
The title celebrates the best project completed over the last 18 months within the Yorkshire and the Humber region and recognises excellence in the planning or engineering field in the highways and transportation industry.
Great Yorkshire Way stood out from the competition, not only for the technically complex challenges that the team overcame but also for the large scale benefits it is helping to deliver for residents and the economy.
Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said: “This is a tremendous achievement and recognises our enviable track record of working with our partners to deliver projects which have a major impact on the local and regional economy and are delivering jobs and growth.
“Great Yorkshire Way has seen Doncaster Sheffield Airport have a record summer; the £500million iPort scheme has already confirmed three high profile tenants and sales of the first of 1,200 homes on the former Rossington Colliery site are going well.
“We always said Great Yorkshire Way was far more than a new road, it is a regeneration scheme of real significance which is delivering now and in the future.”
The private sector developments the new link has supported are progressing at a rapid rate of knots. Verdion’s iPort is well under construction, confirming Amazon, Fellowes and CEVA as its first tenants and Harworth Estates is planning the next phase of its housing development at Torne Park Rossington. Added to that is the boost that Great Yorkshire Way has given to Peel’s Doncaster Sheffield Airport, which celebrated its busiest August on record.
Working alongside the Council and supported by investment from the Regional Growth Fund, all three developers made significant contributions to getting Great Yorkshire Way off the ground.
Last month the second phase of Great Yorkshire Way, which will complete the direct link from the motorway network to the Doncaster Sheffield Airport, was granted planning permission. Work on this one mile stretch could start later this year and be complete and open late 2017.
More information on Great Yorkshire Way is available at: www.doncaster.gov.uk/greatyorkshireway