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|Title:||HS2 Rail College would kick start northern economic revival|
|ID & Publication:||20140811006 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Business News |
Locating the High Speed Rail College in Doncaster would have an immediate positive impact on the northern economy according to Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones.
Commenting as the Chancellor George Osborne makes a speech in Manchester today promising money for infrastructure and greater civic powers for northern cities, Mayor Jones said: ‘We need a twin track approach for delivering sustained growth in the North. I welcome the One North report, which highlights Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport as a key international gateway of strategic importance and sets out projects that can deliver in the longer term, however the North also needs schemes which can make a difference quickly as well.
‘Locating the High Speed Rail College in Yorkshire would help to kick start the revival in the north almost immediately. The College represents a major opportunity to start to address the imbalance in the national economy.
‘The Sheffield City Region bid is being supported right across Yorkshire and the North-East given its potential to deliver the rail and engineering skills needed for unprecedented economic growth in the north.
‘The College would be up and running in 2017 providing the training needed for HS2, other major engineering projects and most importantly enabling the growing cluster of rail and engineering companies in the region to acquire the skills they need to exploit potential opportunities around the world.’
‘If the Chancellor and the Government are committed to transforming the northern economy, they need to put their words into action and the first step in this direction is to base the High Speed Rail College in Doncaster where it will have maximum impact on the northern economy,’ added Mayor Jones.
James Newman, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region, said: ‘Sheffield City Region LEP welcomes the Chancellor’s encouraging response to the One North report which sets out plans to rebalance the national economy by improving connections between city regions in the north.
‘HS2 and better transport connectivity, particularly with Manchester, is a key part of the Sheffield City Region LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan by which we aim to create 70,000 new private sector jobs and 6,000 new businesses over the next ten years.
‘We hope that the Chancellor will further strengthen his resolve to spread the benefits of HS2 to the north by supporting our bid to bring the High Speed Rail College to Doncaster in the Sheffield City Region.’
The Centre for Rail Engineering And Technical Excellence (CREATE) bid, has been coordinated by Doncaster Council and supported by Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. It has been supported by LEPs, Chambers of Commerce, local authorities, universities and colleges, businesses and individuals across Yorkshire, the North-East and further afield.
An advisory group consisting of representatives from Crossrail, HS2 Limited, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Department for Transport is making the decision in the autumn. Doncaster is up against Birmingham, Derby and Manchester for the research and teaching centre.
People and businesses are still being asked to back Doncaster's campaign. More information is on:www.businessdoncaster.com
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