Don Valley MP Caroline Flint is meeting Transport Secretary Chris Grayling tomorrow (Wednesday 14 December) to press the case for Government backing for a new railway station linking Robin Hood Airport to the East Coast mainline.
The MP is heading a delegation of MPs who have regional airports, after requesting the meeting on the day of the Heathrow runway announcement. Ms Flint believes a new station would be a catalyst for growth at Robin Hood and important for Doncaster’s commuters.
Said Caroline: “I want the Government to back regional airports and ensure that Heathrow isn’t the only airport that grows. We have an airport with daily connections to major European cities sitting just a short distance from the East Coast mainline. Running this rail line into the airport would bring an extra 6 million people within an hour of the airport. Almost everyone from here to Stevenage could reach the airport in less than 60 minutes on one of the best rail lines in the country.”
The MP, who championed the airport when the RAF Finningley closed, and fought for the airport through a public inquiry, believes that the rail connection is the next big step forward.
“Every successful airport needs good transport connections. What better step than to link our airport to the East Coast mainline, which will have trains running at 140mph in a few years’ time?”
The MP sees the new airport as a win-win. If three miles of track is diverted towards the airport, the rail line will no longer pass through Rossington, ending the problem of the Rossington level crossing, a major cause of delays for residents.
Said Caroline: “The new station is a win-win. It saves money that would be needed to extend platforms at Doncaster railway station; it would reduce town centre traffic congestion and it resolves the Rossington rail crossing at a stroke. I want the Government to make this kind of investment an infrastructure priority.”