Caroline Flint

Standing up for Don Valley.

MPs press to save road schemes

Caroline Flint, Rosie Winterton and Ed Miliband have urged the Department for Transport to continue investing in major transport schemes in Doncaster to help deliver regeneration and support job creation.

In light of the Comprehensive Spending Review, there is concern that expansion of White Rose Way and FARRRS could be cut by the Conservative/Liberal Democrat Government despite overwhelming evidence that they would bring in private sector growth and create local jobs.

Following a meeting with Norman Baker, Parliamentary Under Secretary at DFT, Rosie Winterton, MP for Doncaster Central, said:  “White Rose Way would enable £100 million of development at Doncaster Lakeside and would help avoid congestion on the M18. The private sector is willing to fund part of the scheme however it is essential that there is some support from Central Government.”

Caroline Flint, MP for Don Valley, said: “The regeneration of the M18 corridor has been ten years in the making.  It is vital that the Minister knows that the dualling of White Rose Way is the first step and that the FARRRS link road will also create access to thousands of jobs and attract new investment in sites along the M18 and around the airport.  The private sector is keen to play its part, but only Government can get the road system right to enable it to happen.”

Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster North, said: “These projects have the potential to bring long term benefits to Doncaster in terms of regeneration, growth and job creation in the private sector. The South Yorkshire economy is still transforming and to cut investment now risks losing the gains we have made over the last decade.”   

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