DONCASTER’S bid to secure the high speed rail college has won support from across Yorkshire as its backers prepare to make their final pitch to Government officials today.
The Doncaster delegation is looking to make the case that the town’s railway heritage and engineering base make it the perfect location for the college.
Government and HS2 officials will also be told that putting the college in Doncaster is a good way of spreading the benefit of the high speed rail project beyond the areas it will immediately serve.
Coun Stephen Parnaby, chairman of Local Government Yorkshire and Humber and leader of East Riding Council, said: ““Siting the College in Doncaster would secure the region as an internationally renowned centre of rail engineering excellence, attracting investment from across the globe.”
Coun Peter Box, chairman of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, said: “Doncaster’s long and distinguished rail industry heritage, excellent connectivity with the rest of the UK and high-quality engineering skills base, make it an ideal location for this important new establishment.”
The Government is setting up the high speed rail college to ensure there are enough young people with the skills to build the proposed HS2 rail link from London to Sheffield and Leeds.
It is hoped the college will also help turn the UK into a world leader in high speed rail engineering.
Doncaster’s was the only bid from Yorkshire to make the shortlist. The town is competing against bids from Birmingham, Derby and Manchester to land the college.