Four English towns have been shortlisted to host a new high speed rail training hub.
The government announced that Birmingham, Manchester, Derby and Doncaster would compete to become the home of the National College for High Speed Rail.
The facility will provide training to the next generation of engineers to prepare them for the £43bn HS2 project and future schemes.
Transport minister Baroness Kramer said: “HS2 is a vital part of our long-term economic plan, providing and safeguarding tens of thousands of jobs.
“The new college will equip the engineers of the future with the skills they need to secure these jobs and similar ones in the UK and across the globe.
“This new national college will operate with a ‘hub and spoke’ model, so there is huge potential for towns and cities across the country to benefit from the opportunities it will bring.”
Representatives from the four shortlisted towns will later this month present to an advisory group including Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan, officials from HS2 Ltd and civil servants.
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