Doncaster people urged to back railway plans

Computer-generated visuals of a high speed train. HS2
Computer-generated visuals of a high speed train. HS2

Doncaster people are being urged to give the green light to a proposal to bring a prestigious railway training academy steaming into town.

Last week a bid was submitted to the Government to try to bring to Doncaster a railway training college for the new multi-billion pound HS2 rail route.

Now locals and firms are being urged to throw their support behind the proposal which would help to cement the town as one of the jewels in the crown of the UK’s railway industry.

The private sector-led Centre for Rail Engineering And Technical Excellence, CREATE, coordinated by Doncaster Council and supported by business leaders and councils from across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire, wants to bring the facility to Doncaster.

They say it would boost the economy and create jobs.

With Doncaster benefiting from a rich railway heritage, a unique cluster of rail engineering companies and a strategic plan already in place to grow the sector, the HS2 rail college would be the catalyst to transform the sector quickly.

Peter Dale, director of regeneration and environment, said: “We have the perfect location and by choosing Doncaster it will spread the benefit of HS2 and help rebalance the national economy.

“It will see Doncaster capitalise on its rail engineering assets far more quickly by assisting local firms with expansion plans and encouraging new firms to choose Doncaster and the wider Sheffield City Region.

“I urge everyone to back the bid to bring the college to Doncaster.”

People can register at while a Twitter campaign using the #railtown hashtag has also been launched.