Robin Hood Airport – Engineering milestone reached on regeneration scheme

Published on : Saturday, August 9, 2014

san-jose-international-airport-logoMineta San José International Airport (SJC) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today that two automated Global Entry kiosks are now available in the International Arrivals facility at SJC.


Existing Global Entry members arriving from international destinations use this technology-driven trusted traveler program that enhances security and expedites passengers through the inspection process at federal customs checkpoints, thereby reducing wait times for all arriving passengers.


“The addition of Global Entry kiosks at San Jose International Airport allows travelers with existing Global Entry membership to immediately take advantage of expedited processing and reduced wait times,” said Brian J. Humphrey, CBP Director of Field Operations in San Francisco.


Program participants proceed to Global Entry kiosks, present their machine-readable passport or U.S. permanent resident card, place their fingertips on the scanner for fingerprint verification, and make a customs declaration. The kiosk issues the traveler a transaction receipt and directs the traveler to baggage claim and the exit. See a demonstration video of Global Entry


Global Entry Kiosks Now at Silicon Valley’s Airport

Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens, nationals, lawful permanent residents, and citizens of certain other countries. An added benefit is that Global Entry and the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Pre-Check program are linked so members may also obtain expedited security screening when flying domestically. Apply online for Global Entry here.

“I commend U.S. Customs and Border Protection leadership for bringing two Global Entry kiosks to Silicon Valley travelers,” said San José Mayor Chuck Reed. “It’s fitting that technology solutions that are being developed right here in Silicon Valley are now being offered to our air travelers to make their international journey more efficient and comfortable.”


“Our International Arrivals facility serves up to 600 international arriving passengers a day on All Nippon Airways from Tokyo, Alaska Airlines from Cabo San Lucas and Guadalajara and Volaris from Guadalajara,” said Director of Aviation Kim Becker Aguirre. “As SJC’s international passenger activity continues to grow, Global Entry is one solution to expediting travelers and enhancing their experience as they end their journey in San José.”
Travelers must be pre-approved for the Global Entry program and participation is voluntary. Applicants pay a $100 non-refundable application fee and undergo a rigorous background check and interview before enrollment. Upon approval, membership is valid for five years.

Construction of the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS) has reached an important stage in its journey.

Over the last two weekends, 27 pre-cast concrete beams werelifted onto the bridge which will carry the £56million link road over the Brancliffe to Kirk Sandall (BKS) railway line.
Preparation work for the second and longer bridge over the East Coast Main Line is also underway with piling works for the foundations about to start.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “These are major milestones for FARRRS which will be the catalyst for significant private sector investment in Doncaster and the transformation of our town. As well offering tremendous benefits for those travelling to and from our international airport and the new iPort development at Rossington, FARRRS will help deliver thousands of new homes and jobs. Doncaster is clearly making great strides and has much to look forward to.”

Access over the new BKS bridge to the iPort construction site should be ready by the end of the year and this will be followed by the partial completion of the link from FARRRS into the former Rossington colliery site owned by Harworth Estates.  Construction of the first of 1,200 homes is expected to begin in March 2015.

Work on the two new bridges where FARRRS crosses the River Torne and the Mother Drain at Parrott’s Corner has started and modifications to the junction where FARRRS will connect to the A638 Bawtry Road will begin next year.

The completed road, which will connect south east Doncaster to the dramatically improved White Rose Way at Junction 3 of the M18, is expected to be fully open in early 2016.
Steve Gill, managing director of Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield said: “We are delighted to see work progressing on the development of the new road. This is fantastic news, not just for the airport but for the region.  In the long term this development could lead to the creation of over 20,000 jobs and the investment of over £1.5bn.  This will be a transformational project.

“From day one Doncaster Council understood the strategic importance of this road to the region and how it can help the airport realise its potential and so we are delighted to see work commence. The delivery of this much needed infrastructure will truly place the airport at the heart of the region, helping to position Doncaster Sheffield Airport as the natural airport of choice for passengers and freight operators.”

The Doncaster Council led regeneration project has backing from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund and private sector partners Harworth Estates, the Peel Group and Verdion/HOOPP. It has been supported regionally by the Growing Places Fund and the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Carillion is the main contractor delivering the scheme.
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