Tory ministers block £30m cash that could help Labour mayor…

Tory ministers block £30m cash that could help Labour mayor…

Conservative Ministers have blocked £30 million in funding that could help  Oliver Coppard, South Yorkshire’s Labour Metro Mayor, re-open Doncaster Sheffield airport.  Local Labour leaders have been working to revive the airport, which closed in November 2022.  They hoped to use a £30 million cash pot – originally earmarked in 2022 for a rail link to the airport before it closed – to help pay for building work at the site. But Tory Transport Secretary Mark Harper has refused to let them re-route the cash – which will likely go unspent within the 5 year time limit. Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) had domestic flights to London and low-cost airlines taking holidaymakers to European destinations, therefore taking money out of the local economy. When it closed, owners Peel Group said it was not “commercially viable” – despite Mr Coppard and Doncaster Council offering to underwrite operations for a year while a new airport operator could be found. Peel still own it.  . Tweet   Tory ministers block £30m cash that could help Labour mayor reopen northern airport Local Labour leaders have been working to revive the scuppered Doncaster Sheffield Airport, providing transport in the north a much-needed boost after Rishi Sunak’s scrapping of HS2 Doncaster Sheffield Airport has been closed since November 2022 By Mikey Smith Whitehall Correspondent (Mirror) 20 Jan 2024 Tory Ministers have blocked £30 million in funding that could help a Labour mayor re-open a northern airport, the Mirror understands. Local Labour leaders have been working to revive the scuppered Doncaster Sheffield Airport, providing transport in the north a much-needed boost after Rishi Sunak ’s scrapping of HS2. They hoped to use a £30 million cash pot – originally earmarked in 2022 for a rail link to the airport before it closed – to help pay for building w

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