A Vision for Doncaster Sheffield Airport

20th January 2015

There was a lot of concern when the Sheffield airport was finally closed that we had lost an important part of our transport infrastructure.

The Chamber supported the closure for two main reasons. Firstly the Sheffield airport was unviable and we felt the land could be utilised for other schemes and give the city real value. I do think the recent announcements for Factory 2050 plus the Innovation District plans for the area do justify that. Secondly we felt that the region could not support two airports and that Doncaster Sheffield was probably the best long term bet. Clearly the FARRS link road is a long term commitment to that but the attached vision for the airport from Peel also supports that. We must stress that this is a vision but something we can definitely aspire to. We do think that whatever our historical feelings were its important for us all to get behind this vision. The region needs a decent airport that builds international connections. We do think its strategy built around passenger, business district and freight does give the best solution to financial stability and, as a Chamber, that is how we judge things.

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