Funding secured for Doncaster rail college

Funding secured for Doncaster rail college

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has taken a major step forward after finance was secured to fund the project.

The government funding is a major milestone in the delivery of the NCHSR, which will open its doors for the first time in September next year. It will be one of five national colleges to go ahead.

Terry Morgan, chair of the corporate board of the college, said:  “This is an excellent outcome and it will ensure that the NCHSR is set up with an agreed financial package and keeps us on schedule to invite the first intake of students in September 2017.

“The college will have a major and hugely positive impact on the ability of the UK rail supply industry to develop a multi-skilled specialist British workforce that is essential to the timely delivery of HS2 and the ability to respond to other infrastructure projects in future.”

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “This is an important announcement and it is now full steam ahead for the new National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster.

“The college will have a transformational impact on our booming rail sector. It will provide our existing rail firms with the opportunities to flourish, encourage new companies to locate in the area and importantly deliver more high quality, well-paid jobs for local people to tap into.

"The college will make a major contribution to economic growth in Doncaster, the wider Sheffield City Region, Yorkshire and the north.”

The college will have two main sites in Birmingham and Doncaster. Doncaster Council last week approved planning permission for the college at Lakeside, while Birmingham City Council recently received a formal planning application for a site in the city.

HS2 Ltd will support up to 100,000 jobs nationwide, create around 25,000 jobs during construction of Phases One and Two and create 2,000 apprenticeships.