Rail firm on track for success

Delegates at the Doncaster rail summit.
Delegates at the Doncaster rail summit.

Rail bosses from across Doncaster were on track for a meeting aimed at bringing millions of pounds of business steaming into town.

The latest Doncaster Rail Partnership meeting involved more than 50 people from rail and engineering firms discovering details about the biggest rail and infrastructure projects in the country.

The private sector rail partnership, coordinated by Doncaster Council, set up the Centre for Rail Engineering And Technical Excellence which is bidding to bring the High Speed Rail College to Yorkshire.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “CREATE and this unique rail partnership is a perfect example of the private and public sectors coming together to foster important relationships and supply chain opportunities.

“We have a thriving rail and engineering sector and these ‘meet the buyer’ events are an ideal way for firms to find out about potential contracts and network with key players in the industry.

“Doncaster is pulling out all the stops to bring the High Speed Rail College to the region. It will be a huge boost for firms right across Yorkshire and the north east if we are successful.”

Presentations were given aimed at showcasing the potential in boosting Doncaster’s image as a railway town.

Doncaster’s High Speed Rail College bid has the support of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, other LEPs from across the North-East, high profile business leaders and partners, universities and colleges, Yorkshire’s chambers of commerce and local authorities from across the region.

An advisory group consisting of representatives from Crossrail, HS2 Limited, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Department for Transport is expected to make a decision shortly.

Doncaster is up against Birmingham, Derby and Manchester for the research and teaching centre which will be at the forefront of the Government’s HS2 rail plan.

More information on CREATE and the High Speed Rail College bid is available at www.businessdoncaster.com