The bid to base a High Speed Rail College in Doncaster has been given another vote of confidence.
George Tillier, Managing Director of Unipart Rail Europe and Chair of the private sector led Centre for Rail Engineering and Technical Expertise (CREATE) bid, said: “This is the Government’s chance to make a substantial commitment in the North East akin to which has already been seen in other areas of the country.
“Locating the college in Yorkshire will go a long way to addressing the skills needs of business in the North, whilst both regenerating and rebalancing the regional economy. With the strong support from both the private sector and local government, ranging from Scotland to Stevenage, no other bid has the support or can deliver the return on Investment that the Yorkshire bid can.”
Mr Tillier is the latest in a string of business and industry leaders asking the Government to choose Doncaster to maximise the impact of HS2 by spreading the benefit away from the line itself.
So far more than 100 businesses have signed up to support the bid which is believed to have the most private sector support of any of the shortlisted locations.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “The strength of support for the High Speed Rail College in Doncaster is astonishing. We have done all we can to convince the Government that Yorkshire is the right place. It’s now up to the Government to support the North as they have been saying they would.”
The decision is expected to be announced shortly. Doncaster is up against Birmingham, Derby and Manchester.