New rail college approved for Birmingham

New rail college approved for Birmingham

The new National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham has been given the go-ahead by Birmingham City Council’s planning committee.

The brand new, three-storey, 5,700 sq m building will be located on a former Birmingham Science Park site off the A4540 Dartmouth Middleway and Lister Street.

The £22m facility will contain workshops, classrooms, a café and office space alongside a car park and external teaching area containing railway tracks, masts and social space next to the canal.  

The college will provide specialist vocational training for future generations of engineers.  It represents the next step in developing the skilled workforce needed to build major rail and infrastructure projects including High Speed Two (HS2). 

Cllr John Clancy, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: ““Birmingham is at the heart of the national HS2 network with Curzon Station, the construction headquarters in the city centre and the maintenance depot at Washwood Heath. 

“I'm keen to ensure that HS2 becomes part of the solution in relation to our challenges with jobs and skills in Birmingham. We should see this as an opportunity to build skills in this city and it's really important that people from across the city benefit.”

Business secretary - and local MP - Sajid Javid said: “The National College for High Speed Rail will make Birmingham a hub of high-quality skills that the UK rail industry needs for years to come.

“The granting of planning permission takes us one step closer and is another clear sign the Midlands Engine is roaring.”