Planning permission has been granted for the first of two campuses to be occupied by the National College for High Speed Rail, a new engineering skills college set to welcome its first students in September 2017. Construction on the £25million facility in Doncaster will begin in April 2016, while a planning decision on a second £22million site in Birmingham is expected in March 2016.
The Doncaster building will cover 7,200 square metres and three storeys, and have capacity for up to 1,050 students at a time. Learners will study a curriculum that will cover areas including track rolling stock, railway infrastructure, traction power supply and distribution, and business management and operation planning. They will also be able to take advantage of dedicated facilities, such as a 1,900 square metre workshop, classrooms, project spaces, lecture areas and seminar rooms.
Terry Morgan, chair of the corporate board for the National College for High Speed Rail, said: “The college will have a hugely positive impact on the ability of the UK rail supply industry to develop a multi-skilled specialist British workforce that is essential to the timely delivery of HS2 and the ability to respond to other infrastructure projects in future.”
Ros Jones, mayor of Doncaster, said: “The college will encourage new investment, attract new companies into the borough and provide new high quality jobs for local people. We are on a fast track to deliver a major boost for our growing rail sector and the Doncaster economy.”