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Doncaster pitches site for HS2 rail college

Doncaster Council has unveiled its proposed site for a new rail college that could feed in skills to High Speed 2 (HS2).

The 2ha site at Doncaster’s Lakeside has proximity to the town centre, motorway network and Robin Hood Airport.

The greenfield site, which already has outline planning permission in place, is also near to major rail and engineering employers including DB Schenker, Volker Rail and Unipart. Hitachi who recently announced plans to take possession of a site at Doncaster Carr to build a £70M maintenance depot creating 160 jobs will also be close by.

“Doncaster enjoys a rich rail heritage and this HS2 rail college would be a rocket boost for our already expanding rail and engineering sector,” said Doncaster Council director of regeneration and environment Peter Dale. “This ‘ready to go’ site should be an attractive proposition to the Government who by choosing Doncaster would help rebalance the national economy by spreading the benefit of the planned HS2.”

The bid to bring the college to Doncaster was recently submitted to Government by the private sector led Centre for Rail And Technical Excellence (CREATE), coordinated by Doncaster Council and supported by Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, business leaders and partners across the region.

 

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