College bid unifies partners
In what the Yorkshire Post has today described as “an unprecedented display of unity”, partners from across the Yorkshire and the north have come together to back Sheffield City Region’s High Speed Rail College bid.
LEPs from across the north have written to Ministers Cable (business) and Hancock (skills) to give the bid their full backing and urged the panel to choose Doncaster and Sheffield City Region.
Bringing the High Speed Rail College to the Sheffield City Region would spread the benefits of HS2 investment and show the government really means what it says when it talks about building a ‘northern powerhouse’.
The momentum of support for the High Speed Rail College has now reached even the highest levels of Government – with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg declaring his “wholehearted support” for the bid. Nick Clegg has written to Business Secretary Vince Cable, who has a key part to play in the final decision on where the college is located.
Support doesn’t just come from places in the north of England – Scottish leaders stressed their support and just this week Cambridgeshire Chambers joined the groundswell of backers from up and down the UK.
World-class universities are also backing the bid because leading researchers institutions like the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the Rail Innovation and Technology Centre at the University of Sheffield recognise that the new college will be a real game-changer for this area.
The High Speed Rail bid has been getting a huge amount of attention on Twitter and discussion on LinkedIn – our supporters are using social media to ensure we gather as much support as possible. Our bid’s dedicated Rail College twitter feed is @DoncasterRailCollege and the hashtag is #railcollege
I’ve attached links below to the letters that were sent this week, which have also been retweeted many time over the last couple of days.