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Public backs Doncaster Sheffield Airport expansion

Doncaster Sheffield Airport rail station 3x2

Plans to expand Doncaster Sheffield Airport have been backed by 90% of the public.

According to the airport, 90% of people that responded to an open consultation, “expressed strong support” for the airport expansion.

The Masterplan details the future development of the current site of the airport and the projected growth extending out over the next 20 years, forecasting 4.7M passengers and 70,000t of freight per year. The expansion is targeting around 25M passengers from north London across to the boarders of Scotland.

In March this year it was announced that the Airport could be transformed into an “aerotropolis” with the new railway station connected to the East Coast Main Line. It said this could be operational by 2024.

It said the new station and rail link would cost an estimated £170M to build, and would allow around 9M people in the area east of the Pennines, and north and east of London, to access the airport within 90 minutes using public transport.

Early concept designs for the station were revealed in July last year.

The feedback will now inform the final Airport masterplan that will be released at the end of 2018.

Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis said: “Our airport is already seeing success in terms of new routes, rising passenger numbers and an increased demand for cargo facilities. But there is immense further potential which the draft Masterplan sets out a sensible path to deliver.

“Seeing this level of public support for it only hardens my desire to do our/my bit to deliver it. I know that DSA can be as significant on the east of the Pennines as Manchester Airport is on the west.

“And now we need to seize this momentum and also throw our collective weight behind the vision for an East Coast Main Line railway station at the airport. This would put our region’s airport firmly on the map for people all the way from London to Edinburgh, making it a first choice for business and leisure travellers nationwide.”

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