Plans to build a training college in Doncaster to serve the proposed HS2 rail link have won more backing from northern business leaders.
The Local Enterprise Partnerships from across Yorkshire and the North-East have put their weight behind the bid to bring the High Speed Rail College Bid to the borough.
The chairs of Sheffield City Region LEP, Hull and Humber LEP, Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, North East LEP, Tees Valley Unlimited and the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership have all endorsed the campaign by writing to Government Ministers pledging their support.
They have stated that the Doncaster proposal complements significant existing rail assets and investments in this part of the country.
James Newman, chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “The chancellor spoke about the importance of rebalancing the UK economy to create a ‘northern powerhouse’.”
He added: “Locating the High Speed Rail College bid in the Sheffield City Region will be an important step to achieving this.
“By locating the college in Doncaster, the Government will maximise the transformational benefits in an area that needs it – this is their opportunity to really start spreading the benefits of HS2.
“Doncaster is not only most logical place in the Sheffield City Region to locate the High Speed Rail College, it is the best place in the country.
“The LEP believes that the collective confidence shown by local leaders from across the private and public sectors to bring the main hub to Doncaster will help Government to make the right choice.”
An advisory group consisting of representatives from Crossrail, HS2 Limited, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Department for Transport is expected to make a decision about the project shortly. The bid is also being backed by Nick Clegg MP.