Doncaster’s national HS2 college receives £10m cash boost

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.

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A national railway college to be built in Doncaster has received a £10 million government cash boost.

Ministers have pledged an additional £30 million to help fund infrastructure and regeneration projects across South Yorkshire on top of £320 million which was announced last year.

And now it has been revealed that the borough’s national rail college, which will train thousands of engineers to help build the High Speed 2 rail link, will receive an additional boost from the pot.

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones welcomed the news.

She said: “Securing this additional investment in the Sheffield City Region will help deliver new jobs, homes and lever in swathes of private sector investment.

“It is tremendous news for our local and regional economies.

“I am particularly pleased that £10 million of investment is to be pumped into the National College for High Speed Rail which will strengthen Doncaster’s position at the forefront of the UK’s rail engineering sector.

“The new college will provide fantastic opportunities for local people to gain the skills and training needed to build rewarding careers in what is a growth industry.”

The Government last year announced that the HS2 college will be split between Doncster and Birmingham, with the town’s base to be built in Lakeside.

It is hoped the £350 million will create 70,000 jobs in the region over the next decade. An enterprise zone at Robin Hood Airport is expected to create 4,000 jobs.