Builders boss calls on Government to support Rail College

Published 8th July 2014 at 11:30am

Simon Carr, Managing Director of Henry Boot Construction and Vice-Chair National Federation of Builders, has added his voice to the groundswell of support for the national Sheffield City Region High Speed Rail College bid.

A decision on the location for the college is expected later this week, and Simon Carr joins a growing number of leaders from across the UK who are calling on Government to choose the Sheffield City Region Doncaster bid.

LEP Board Member Simon Carr

LEP Board Member Simon Carr

“The support for Yorkshire’s High Speed Rail College bid has been overwhelming. It has attracted support from the Deputy Prime Minister, North and East of England business leaders, LEP’s from the North East to Hull and Humber, Chambers of Commerce from North Yorkshire to Cambridgeshire.

“Prestigious, world leading universities are backing the bid and ready to provide high level skills training. The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the Rail Innovation and Technology Centre at the University of Sheffield are examples of how Universities in the region are at the forefront of pioneering engineering research and innovation, and it is this best practice that would be bought to Yorkshire’s High Speed Rail College.

“There is only one ingredient currently missing – Government support. We can see the benefit of such support with the huge benefits brought to the West Midlands through the backing for Jaguar Land Rover. Now it’s time to see this level of support, commitment and investment in the North.  Bringing the High Speed Rail College to the North of England would be a genuine game-changer spreading the benefits of HS2 investment way beyond the line, supporting skills led growth. It would show the Government really means what it says.”

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