City leaders back High Speed Rail College for York

York central site

York central site

York’s political party Group Leaders have backed calls for the Government proposed High Speed Rail College to be situated in York.

The college, expected to deliver specialised training and qualifications needed to construct high speed rail, will not only benefit HS2 but other future infrastructure projects in the region.

The first new incorporated further education college in over 20-years, it will offer technical training ensuring HS2 can be built by skilled British workers including; rail engineering, environmental skills and construction.

York Central site proposed

York Central has today been put forward for consideration for the new national high speed rail college.

The proposed hub would be located on a site next to the rail station in York, on land owned by Network Rail, yet harnessing the strengths of employers and skills providers from a broader geographic region through the rail connectivity this location affords, up and down the East Coast Mainline, and across to West Yorkshire through the Transpennine route.

Through this connectivity, within one hour of the proposed site, this has the potential to bring together 14 per cent of the UK’s entire rail industry, over 9,000 existing employees, over 30 major rail companies and 10+ leading rail skills providers: an extremely competitive bid which could attract significant economic benefit to cities across Yorkshire and the North East.

The proposal comes as central government search for the best city to base a new college to support HS2.

The college will deliver specialised training and qualifications needed to construct high speed rail, which will not only benefit HS2 but other future infrastructure projects in the region.

The first new incorporated further education college in over 20-years, it will offer technical training ensuring HS2 can be built by skilled British workers including; rail engineering, environmental skills and construction.

York is home to the headquarters of major operators including Northern Rail and East Coast Mainline providing significant collaboration and customer opportunities.  Other key businesses include Alliance Rail Holdings, Historical Railways Estate and Direct Rail Services Ltd.

There are also existing and growing strengths in auxiliary industries such as rail engineering, including businesses such as Tata and Siemens Rail, and transportation software, with York companies including Omnicom and Trapeze Group.

Network Rail is currently investing £36m in York in the form of a new rail operating and training centre at York Central, a 35ha development site, located immediately adjacent to the rail station in York and expected to accommodate up to 125,000 sq m of commercial and grade A office space as part of a new central business district.

The rail operating centre will be the largest in the country and will control signalling and rail operations on the east coast from London King’s Cross to the Scottish borders. Around 500 jobs will be spread over the two facilities leading to all rail operations for the east coast route consolidated on this site.

Stirling Kimkeran, chairman of York’s Economic Partnership said: “The YEP fully supports the LCR bid. We welcome the potential to grow an already strong sector within the region and with York’s rail heritage and existing skilled workforce we would like to see the new college based in this location.”

Barry Dodd, chair of the  York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Enterprise Partnership, said: “Fully support a Yorkshire bid for a HS2 college and considering its history and strength in the Rail Industry would encourage York to be the preferred location”.

York is home to the headquarters of major operators including Northern Rail and East Coast Mainline providing significant collaboration and customer opportunities.  Other key businesses include Alliance Rail Holdings, Historical Railways Estate and Direct Rail Services Ltd.

There are also existing and growing strengths in auxiliary industries such as rail engineering, including businesses such as Tata Steeland Siemens Rail, , and transportation software, with York companies including Omnicom and Trapeze Group.

Network Rail is currently investing £36m in York in the form of a new rail operating and training centre at York Central, a 35ha development site, located immediately adjacent to the rail station in York and expected to accommodate up to 125,000 sq m of commercial and grade A office space as part of a new central business district.

The rail operating centre will be the largest in the country and will control signalling and rail operations on the east coast from London King’s Cross to the Scottish borders. Around 500 jobs will be spread over the two facilities leading to all rail operations for the east coast route consolidated on this site.

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