Yorkshire wins National HS2 Rail College bid

1st October 2014

The Government has announced that the elite training and research centre for the national HS2 rail project will based at two locations – Doncaster and Birmingham.

The college will train thousands of new engineers, who are needed to deliver billions of pounds worth of rail contracts over the coming decades, including the new HS2 high speed rail line. The successful Centre for Rail Engineering and Technical Expertise (CREATE) bid, coordinated by Doncaster Council, involved a range of private sector businesses and was supported by the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.

Doncaster’s fast paced rail and engineering renaissance has stepped up a gear this year with over 10,000 people employed in the sector and firms having order books in excess of £1.7billion over the next five years. There is also strong interest from companies looking to locate to one of Britain’s most important railway centres.

Hundreds of people, businesses and public sector partners including Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities, universities and colleges and chambers of commerce from up and down the country backed the bid.

The Bishop of Doncaster, the Rt Revd Peter Burrows, has been a strong supporter of the bid, he said:

"Yorkshire and the North have significant assets which we believe make it an ideal location for the proposed new elite college."

He continued,

"Doncaster is the gateway to the north east with excellent connectivity North and South, East and West. The college location will be just 15 minutes away from a proposed HS2 station. Doncaster is already a key hub on the East Coast Main Line and also benefits from excellent road, air and sea connections."

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