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Backing for college from deputy prime minister

An artist's impression by Bond Bryan Architects of how the High Speed Rail College could look at Lakeside in Doncaster.

An artist's impression by Bond Bryan Architects of how the High Speed Rail College could look at Lakeside in Doncaster.

Powerful backing has been given to Doncaster’s bid for a multi million pound rail college by MP Nick Clegg.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat member for Sheffield Hallam is supporting the proposal to secure a new facility in the region that would help train young people to help build the planned HS2 high speed line.

A bid from Doncaster, within the Sheffield City Region, has been shortlisted by the Government as one of four possible locations for the HS2 college.

The college would have cutting-edge technology and use state-of-the-art equipment to provide training courses for the specific needs of the rail project, which is expected to generate more than 2,000 apprenticeships.

In his role as Sheffield MP Nick Clegg as written to the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to outline his support for the bid. A decision is expected in July.

In the letter, Mr Clegg says the region is “the spiritual home of Britain’s railways, with locomotives such as the ‘Flying Scotsman’ the ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’ and the ‘Mallard’ all built in Doncaster”.

He also points out that factors such as the region’s ‘connectivity and central location’, the ‘existing international investors in rail and engineering’ and ‘strong private sector partnerships with local companies delivering to the rail industry’, make Doncaster a prime location for the new HS2 college.

The news comes after the town bid also received backing from Scottish leaders.

 

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