Doncaster could house new HS2 rail training academy


A prestigious flagship training college for the multi-million pound HS2 rail link could steam into Doncaster.

Plans have been unveiled to bring the academy supporting the rail line between London and Northern England to the town, creating potentially hundreds of jobs and cementing Doncaster at the forefront of the UK rail industry.

And the bid to bring the centre to Doncaster has been welcomed by politicians and business chiefs who have described it as a “game changer.”

Phil Harris, CEO of Doncaster Chamber, said: “A rail college could be another game changer for the borough, consequently the bid has the chamber’s full support.”

The borough has been put forward by the Sheffield City Region to be the location for the new college and has been picked for its strong railway heritage and unique cluster of rail engineering companies in the UK.

The decision on where the academy will be built will be announced next month.