Early concept designs for a new rail station at Doncaster Sheffield Airport have been released, along with plans for a rail link feasibility study to be carried out by the end of the year.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport, previously known as Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, released the concept designs for a first glimpse of how the proposed station could look.
Doncaster Council, Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and Doncaster Sheffield Airport have together commissioned the feasibility study, which will consider the business case for a rail link connecting the airport to the major East Coast Mainline railway.
In 2016 the airport recorded a 113% annual increase in cargo traffic to 9,625t, claiming it showed a growing international demand. The rail link could cut journey times to London to 80 minutes, and could drive growth at the nearby 650ha business hub known as Aero Centre Yorkshire.
“The proposal for the airport station shows how a quicker, more affordable and sustainable solution in the North can deliver much needed future UK aviation capacity for passengers and cargo, complementing planned investment in South East airports,” said Doncaster Sheffield Airport chief executive Steve Gill.
“These aspirational designs we’ve released aim to show the scale of our ambition for the station and we hope they inspire people to get behind this proposal.”
Last February the £56M Great Yorkshire Way 4.8km road link between the M18 and Doncaster Sheffield Airport opened after construction started in October 2013. Designed by Mott MacDonald and built by Carillion, the road was proposed with the aim of improving connectivity in the region.
Phase 2 of the project, constructed by a Tarmac/Carillion JV and designed by Mott MacDonald and Doncaster Council, began last month and is expected to take 12 months to build.