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Caroline Flint welcomes HS2 Rail College

HS2 trainCaroline Flint has welcomed the latest economic news for Doncaster, after the Government granted Doncaster one part of the HS2 College, which will boost jobs and apprenticeships in Doncaster.

In a joint statement with Rosie Winterton and Ed Miliband, Caroline said: “This is fantastic news for Doncaster. We made strong representations to the Government and we’re glad that they have chosen to invest in our borough.

“The college will create hundreds of well-paid, skilled jobs for Doncaster people and support the growth of firms in the sector and other local businesses.

“Doncaster’s railway history, its current transport links and its existing expertise in the railway industry make it the perfect location for the HS2 rail college.

“Ultimately Doncaster is a railway town and the ideal place to create this flagship project. The borough’s rail heritage is one of its proudest assets both in terms of the past, present and future.”

The Doncaster MPs made a submission in support of Doncaster's bid, and Caroline Flint and Rosie Winterton met with the Business Secretary to press Doncaster's case.

HS2 is the biggest infrastructure project in Britain at present.  The HS2 College aims to deliver the world class engineers the project and the rail industry needs for the decades ahead.

The successful Centre for Rail Engineering and Technical Expertise (CREATE) bid, coordinated by Doncaster Council, involved a range of private sector businesses and was supported by the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Doncaster's Labour Mayor, Ros Jones, said: "Bringing a national engineering college to Doncaster will be a game changer for the town and the Sheffield City Region, complementing the plans we have implemented to grow our thriving rail and engineering sector.

"It will offer local people, including our school leavers, the chance to gain high level engineering skills leading to well-paid jobs that are in high demand."

The College will be built on a 5.1 acre Doncaster's Lakeside site, within walking distance of major rail firms such DB Schenker, Volker Rail and Hitachi.  The site will offer easy access for employers and students from across the UK.

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