Fresh backing for Doncaster’s HS2 Rail College plan

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint.
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint.

Concerns over the future of the proposed new HS2 Rail College in Doncaster have been knocked back by the Government after ministers said they are still ‘committed’ to the project.

There were fears the opening of the new campus, set to be built at Lakeside, could be delayed unless the Government approves millions of pounds of investment.

The concerns were raised in a letter from civic leaders to the Government in which they said failure to make a decision in the coming weeks on a bid for £40 million of Government funding could put the college’s planned 2017 opening date at risk.

But Sajid Javid, secretary of state for business innovation and skills, told Don Valley MP Caroline Flint in the House of Commons: “We are committed to this college.

“I think it is not only right that it is in Doncaster, but I think it will make a big difference in what is a very important area for future infrastructure.”

Doncaster mayor Ros Jones said: “This is exactly the reassurance we hoped for. Now we need the Government to confirm the funding, so we can really start to make things happen.”

Vic Holbrey, director of operations at Doncaster Chamber, said: “The Chamber is a strong supporter of the Rail College, and we welcome new investment in the skills base here in Doncaster.

“Now the Government’s intentions are clear, we just need the confirmation of the investment and Doncaster will add another jewel to its crown.”