Proposed site for rail college bid is unveiled

An artist's impression of the potential HS2 rail college on the site at Lakeside, created by Bond Bryan Architects.
An artist's 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 is revealed today.

Doncaster Council say a five- acre site at Lakeside would mean the campus is located close to the town centre, motorway network and Robin Hood Airport.

The greenfield site on Carolina Way, 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, which recently announced plans to take possession of a site at Doncaster Carr to build a £70 million 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 for 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 focused 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 ‘back the bid’ campaign at

Mr Dale added: “I urge everyone to go online and back the bid to bring the college to Doncaster. We are the home of rail engineering and innovation.

“We have the perfect location for the college and by choosing Doncaster it will spread the benefit of HS2 and help rebalance the national economy. Doncaster will capitalise on its rail engineering assets far quicker by assisting local firms with their expansion plans.”