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From a glorious past to a fabulous future

As the pioneer of railways, Doncaster is at the forefront of keeping the UK’s rail network moving and building the infrastructure of tomorrow. The town that built the world famous Flying Scotsman and Mallard is today established as one of the most important rail hubs in the UK and at the centre of developing the next generation of rail travel and rolling stock. 

Companies based in Doncaster benefit from easy access to the rail industry with an unrivalled combination of location, an established supply chain, skilled workforce and world-class training, investment and other opportunities including: 

  • An established rail base - a major part of the local economy for over 150 years, a highly integrated supply chain and over 50 rail companies located here.
  • Skills and research - access to an 8,000 strong highly skilled rail workforce and home to world-class research centres and academic institutions such as The Centre of Innovation in Rail, The Institute for Railway Research, the National College for High Speed Rail, the Rail Innovation and Technology Centre and The University of Huddersfield  
  • Access and logistics - centrally located in the UK with excellent access to the £80 billion+ opportunities in the nearby continental markets and unrivalled specialist logistics and infrastructure, including iPortrail

iPort Rail

The brand new iPort Rail terminal, an international bonded intermodal development offers secure modern rail freight handling facilities alongside a 6 million sq ft logistics park.

We have many other top sites available for new investment for Rail and Logistics companies and as Doncaster has always led the way in terms of cutting edge rail engineering along with its relationship with an established and significant rail industry, Doncaster was an ideal place to position a brand new National College for High Speed Rail. 

National College for High Speed Rail

Located on Lakeside, the National College for High Speed Rail comprises circa 76,000 sq ft of teaching and workshop space, including specialist rail equipment such as 150m of external track and catenary. Along with Birmingham, it will train thousands of engineers to meet HS2’s future needs, along with those in the wider rail sector, by providing a real workplace environment to prepare students for work on high-speed rail infrastructure.

The vision is to pioneer technical excellence to produce a new generation of highly-skilled professionals to lead Britain’s future rail industry.

Whether you’re leaving school, wanting to up-skill or take a new career direction, the college will offer courses and apprenticeships in all elements of the rail industry. The curriculum has been developed by the best in the business and will be taught at brand new, state-of-the-art facilities. A campus for high-tech engineering, innovation, rolling stock, track systems and power.

Doncaster has always led the way in terms of cutting edge rail engineering with relationships that are established and significant within the rail industry, Doncaster was an ideal place to locate and enable the industry to continue to compete in global markets.

To find out more about the National College for High Speed Rail and the opportunities available please visit our skills and training section.

With so much to learn about Rail in Doncaster, please contact our Rail sector specialist Andrew Webb on 01302 862464 or use the 'Get In Touch' form. Alternatively you can download our Rail brochure here

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