13 AUGUST 2018
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Early results of a public consultation over the development of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, including the delivery of an East Coast Mainline rail station, have shown “overwhelming support”, the airport said last week.
It follows publication of a Masterplan for the development (BTN 26 March), with more than 90% of 1,600-plus respondents backing its objectives, including rail connectivity.
There was 97% support for expansion to the airport’s terminal building services to maintain the high standard of customer service and 96% support for proposals to deliver new employment developments to create up to 13,000 new jobs.
The Masterplan details future development of Doncaster Sheffield over the next 20 years, forecasting 4.7m passengers and 70,000 tonnes of cargo a year. Backers say the plan when fully realised will deliver £3.7bn to the local economy by 2037.
A separate document published alongside the Masterplan envisages further development of the airport and its site to become the major international gateway for the East side of the UK.
Including an East Coast Mainline connected station, this would more than double passenger growth to 11.8m by 2050, with a station becoming operational in just six years’ time in 2024.
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