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Site for Doncaster’s potential HS2 rail college revealed

Rail College proposed site

Rail College proposed site

An artist impression of the potential HS2 rail college on the site at Lakeside - created by Bond Bryan Architects

An artist impression of the potential HS2 rail college on the site at Lakeside – created by Bond Bryan Architects

The location of the potential HS2 rail college in Doncaster has been revealed.

The 5.1 acre site at Doncaster’s Lakeside, would see the campus located close to the town centre, motorway network and Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield.

The green field site, which already has outline planning permission in place, is on the doorstep of a number of major rail and engineering employers including DB Schenker, Volker Rail and Unipart. Hitachi who recently announced plans to take possession of a site at Doncaster Carr to build a £70m maintenance depot creating 160 jobs will also be close by.

Peter Dale, Director of Regeneration and Environment, said: “The Lakeside Campus site is a prime location. It is in the heart of Doncaster and offers easy access to road, rail and air links.

“Doncaster enjoys a rich rail heritage and this HS2 rail college would be a rocket boost for our already expanding rail and engineering sector. This ‘ready to go’ site should be an attractive proposition to the Government who by choosing Doncaster would help rebalance the national economy by spreading the benefit of the planned HS2.”

The bid to bring the college to Doncaster was recently submitted to Government by the private sector led Centre for Rail And Technical Excellence (CREATE), coordinated by Doncaster Council and supported by Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, business leaders and partners across the region.

The HS2 rail college will be a research and teaching centre focussed on developing world class engineering skills. It will help businesses develop and grow, offer excellent training for local people, deliver quality jobs and drive economic growth.

People and businesses are being encouraged to join the ‘back the bid’ campaign at:

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