Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

Inland Port victory - jobs bonanza

Labour MP Caroline Flint has welcomed the Secretary of State’s decision not to call in the Rossington Inland Port for a public inquiry.

The Don Valley MP had raised the matter in an urgent parliamentary debate earlier this year with fellow Doncaster MP, Jeff Ennis and followed it up with a face to face meeting with Planning Minister, Shahid Malik to press the case for a swift decision on the Doncaster Inland Port.

Ms Flint said: “I am really proud that we have won this.  This decision is a vindication of our claim that Doncaster is the best place in Yorkshire and the Humber to locate a major rail freight interchange.

“We have made the case to Ministers and this decision shows their understanding of how important this rail freight exchange will be for the region and for Doncaster.”

Ms Flint said:  “Doncaster’s history is built on coal and rail and this could not be a more fitting 21st century answer to the need for jobs.  This project could be a jobs bonanza for Rossington and Doncaster.”

Said Rossington councillor Barry Johnson:  “This decision is amazing.  It is on the same scale as the decision to let the airport go ahead a few years ago.  Yet again on the big issues facing the future of Doncaster the Government has got it right.  This is brilliant news for Rossington.  A proud day.”

The news means that Doncaster Council can now confirm its approval of the application without a public inquiry.  The Inland Port developers will also contribute funds towards the FARRRS link road.


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