News - 30 September 2014

Derby omission disappoints but D2N2 will look into HS2 College opportunities

A new training college for HS2 rail engineers will be split between Doncaster and Birmingham, the government has revealed.

Derby and Manchester were also shortlisted as possible sites but have been overlooked.

David Ralph, Chief Executive of D2N2, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, said: “It is disappointing that Derby has not been chosen to host the HS2 College.

“But we will be working closely with the leads in both Birmingham and Doncaster to secure the government’s objective of a hub and spoke delivery model, which will bring benefits to the D2N2 area.

“With over 175 years of rail heritage Derby remains the UK’s premier rail city. Our LEP will work closely with local rail businesses to promote transport engineering across the wider D2N2 area and to ensure the successful delivery of HS2.”

The National College for High Speed Rail will train staff working on the HS2 link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds.

The college, due to open in 2017, will be based at Birmingham’s Science Park and Doncaster’s Lakeside Campus.

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