Square named after railway engineer

Doncaster civic square, nearing completion.
Doncaster civic square, nearing completion.
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DONCASTER’s first public square will carry the name of one of the borough’s best known railway engineers.

The square, at Waterdale, will carry the name Sir Nigel Gresley Square, after the man who designed both the Flying Scotsman and the Mallard while he was the chief mechanical engineer with the London and North Eastern Railway.

Both engines were built at the Doncaster Plantworks in Hexthorpe.

The Star revealed this week that the new square will be opened for the first time on Sunday, June 3, as part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The square is part of the borough’s £300 million Civic and Cultural Quarter development and is being built in front of the new performance venue, which is also currently under construction.

Mayor of Doncaster Peter Davies says he hopes at some point in the future it may be possible to build a statue of Sir Nigel in the square.

The designer died in 1941, but his name lived on until recently in the form of the now demolished Gresley House office block, which was located near to the borough’s railway station.

Mr Davies said: “One of Doncaster’s most famous railway pioneers will be commemorated in this new square.

“Hopefully the square is going to be a real asset for the town when it opens and will attract people to socialise, enjoy themselves and go to the theatre.

“At some point we might be able to get some kind of funding for a statue of Sir Nigel when more money becomes available.”

The square will also be located next to Doncaster’s new council offices, which are under construction as another element of the CCQ scheme and will replace the current Council House building on College Road.