York loses rail college bid

York loses rail college bid

York loses rail college bid

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YORK has lost out on its bid to host the national High Speed Rail training college.

The blow was delivered by Government this morning as it revealed four cities have been shortlisted for the proposed college, which is set to train 2,000 apprentices for the HS2 project.

Announcing that Birmingham, Derby, Doncaster and Manchester will be taken forward, Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock said

he was "extremely encouraged" by the level of interest, with the quality of responses very high overall.

York's bid, which was put together by City of York Council in partnership with Network Rail, sought to bring the college to the York Central site.

The bid attracted support from more than 60 businesses and organisations across the Yorkshire and the North East regions as well as education providers.

Following the On Track for York Campaign, launched by The Press, which attracted support from York headteachers, business leaders, and cross party politicians, council leader James Alexander thanked the media, and said he now hopes to see the college located in Doncaster.

He said: "Some you win and some you lose. The High Speed Rail College was an option to further rail training in York and I am disappointed Government has not backed York in this instance.

"The council is continuing to talk to Network Rail about other opportunities related to the new rail operating and training centre.

"York has a long and proud tradition of excellence in this industry and it’s important that we continue to attempt to seize opportunities like this.

"While we now get to work on other options, I back Doncaster's bid to bring the Rail College to Yorkshire.”

Hopes had been high for the success of York's bid, which was submitted by Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, with the city already home to the headquarters of major operators including Northern Rail and East Coast Mainline as well as71 per cent of the regional rail industry's workforce and 10 per cent of the national workforce.

Barry Dodd, chairman of the York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Enterprise Partnership, said: "It's disappointing because we have got a a great site here in York.

"What is important to the future is to make sure that whoever wins knows the engineering expertise in this area is available and that we will collaborate with them and help them."

Stirling Kimkeran, chairman of York’s Economic Partnership, and chief executive of Omincom Engineering - one of the businesses to back the bid, added: "We are disappointed but part of the process in putting together the bid saw a real appetite for creating a rail cluster in and around the area.

"Rail is a key part of York's economy and a rail cluster would definitely benefit the city and surrounding areas. There's still an opportunity for rail businesses to work together and that's not going to change."

Representatives from the four cities will now give presentations to an Advisory Group on June 27 before a final decision is made in July, with the collage set to open by 2017.

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11:02am Fri 13 Jun 14

Dr Brian says...

Bid submitted by Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, this wonderful (joke) organisation that Jimmy and his mates have made our city join!

Well they lost that one for us!

Perhaps a Railway City like York would have had more credibility if it had submitted the bid itself? Oh hang on though with Alexander at the helm the city does not have any credibility!
Bid submitted by Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, this wonderful (joke) organisation that Jimmy and his mates have made our city join! Well they lost that one for us! Perhaps a Railway City like York would have had more credibility if it had submitted the bid itself? Oh hang on though with Alexander at the helm the city does not have any credibility! Dr Brian
  • Score: -25

11:39am Fri 13 Jun 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock , wounder where his home town or (Seat) is, any of those areas short listed in the story.
Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock , wounder where his home town or (Seat) is, any of those areas short listed in the story. Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -2

11:49am Fri 13 Jun 14

nomadic85 says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock , wounder where his home town or (Seat) is, any of those areas short listed in the story.
He's from Chester I think. So no, not really
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: Skills and Enterprise Minister Matthew Hancock , wounder where his home town or (Seat) is, any of those areas short listed in the story.[/p][/quote]He's from Chester I think. So no, not really nomadic85
  • Score: 13

12:06pm Fri 13 Jun 14

greenmonkey says...

Hardly a surprise when the HS2 is supposed to be built from the South with the NW leg being built first. It wont even go through Doncaster! Birmingham and Derby probably the best bet in terms of rail geography and rail expertise.
Hardly a surprise when the HS2 is supposed to be built from the South with the NW leg being built first. It wont even go through Doncaster! Birmingham and Derby probably the best bet in terms of rail geography and rail expertise. greenmonkey
  • Score: 10

1:07pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

greenmonkey wrote:
Hardly a surprise when the HS2 is supposed to be built from the South with the NW leg being built first. It wont even go through Doncaster! Birmingham and Derby probably the best bet in terms of rail geography and rail expertise.
not really no as York is home to every major railway company....All companies will have an input into HS2 so once graduated the chosen ones will prob end up working out of York. All be it based on site down south.

York also has the best training facilities in the country... so guessing they will be travelling from Doncaster to York a fair bit to run though simulators and practical tests.
[quote][p][bold]greenmonkey[/bold] wrote: Hardly a surprise when the HS2 is supposed to be built from the South with the NW leg being built first. It wont even go through Doncaster! Birmingham and Derby probably the best bet in terms of rail geography and rail expertise.[/p][/quote]not really no as York is home to every major railway company....All companies will have an input into HS2 so once graduated the chosen ones will prob end up working out of York. All be it based on site down south. York also has the best training facilities in the country... so guessing they will be travelling from Doncaster to York a fair bit to run though simulators and practical tests. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -29

1:45pm Fri 13 Jun 14

YorkPatrol says...

"Some you win and some you lose"

A very professional and demeaning statement from our intelligent leader
"Some you win and some you lose" A very professional and demeaning statement from our intelligent leader YorkPatrol
  • Score: -32

2:44pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Jack Ham says...

Perhaps if a James & Kersten hadn't made personal, political decisions not to work with North Yorkshire we might have stood a better chance.

Now we're paying to go in with his Labour buddies in West Yorkshire what will it bring us? More bills perhaps?
Perhaps if a James & Kersten hadn't made personal, political decisions not to work with North Yorkshire we might have stood a better chance. Now we're paying to go in with his Labour buddies in West Yorkshire what will it bring us? More bills perhaps? Jack Ham
  • Score: -52

3:49pm Fri 13 Jun 14

perplexed says...

Jack Ham wrote:
Perhaps if a James & Kersten hadn't made personal, political decisions not to work with North Yorkshire we might have stood a better chance.

Now we're paying to go in with his Labour buddies in West Yorkshire what will it bring us? More bills perhaps?
Are you suggesting that the Government made its decision based on political considerations rather than suitability? i am shocked!
[quote][p][bold]Jack Ham[/bold] wrote: Perhaps if a James & Kersten hadn't made personal, political decisions not to work with North Yorkshire we might have stood a better chance. Now we're paying to go in with his Labour buddies in West Yorkshire what will it bring us? More bills perhaps?[/p][/quote]Are you suggesting that the Government made its decision based on political considerations rather than suitability? i am shocked! perplexed
  • Score: 9

4:05pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

I fully understand that teaching students HS2 technology is better supported by having the actual project within yards rather than 100 miles away. It would be akin to placing the Royal College of Agriculture in the West End of London.
I fully understand that teaching students HS2 technology is better supported by having the actual project within yards rather than 100 miles away. It would be akin to placing the Royal College of Agriculture in the West End of London. Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 10

5:04pm Fri 13 Jun 14

TCJYork says...

To be honest, I'd choose Derby - given they actually still make trains there. At least our local government had the foresight to enter the running at all. Lib Dems would have still been debating whether trains were really going to be part of the future at all. I think Alexander has at least got the get up and go to try and make things happen.
To be honest, I'd choose Derby - given they actually still make trains there. At least our local government had the foresight to enter the running at all. Lib Dems would have still been debating whether trains were really going to be part of the future at all. I think Alexander has at least got the get up and go to try and make things happen. TCJYork
  • Score: 5

5:10pm Fri 13 Jun 14

notpedallingpaul says...

Dr Brian wrote:
Bid submitted by Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, this wonderful (joke) organisation that Jimmy and his mates have made our city join!

Well they lost that one for us!

Perhaps a Railway City like York would have had more credibility if it had submitted the bid itself? Oh hang on though with Alexander at the helm the city does not have any credibility!
Dr Brian, can York opt out of this Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership after the next election when the clowns running this city are no longer in power?
[quote][p][bold]Dr Brian[/bold] wrote: Bid submitted by Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, this wonderful (joke) organisation that Jimmy and his mates have made our city join! Well they lost that one for us! Perhaps a Railway City like York would have had more credibility if it had submitted the bid itself? Oh hang on though with Alexander at the helm the city does not have any credibility![/p][/quote]Dr Brian, can York opt out of this Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership after the next election when the clowns running this city are no longer in power? notpedallingpaul
  • Score: -70

6:09pm Fri 13 Jun 14

eeoodares says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
I fully understand that teaching students HS2 technology is better supported by having the actual project within yards rather than 100 miles away. It would be akin to placing the Royal College of Agriculture in the West End of London.
They teach about space travel on Earth!
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: I fully understand that teaching students HS2 technology is better supported by having the actual project within yards rather than 100 miles away. It would be akin to placing the Royal College of Agriculture in the West End of London.[/p][/quote]They teach about space travel on Earth! eeoodares
  • Score: 0

6:20pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Garrowby Turnoff says...

eeoodares wrote:
Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
I fully understand that teaching students HS2 technology is better supported by having the actual project within yards rather than 100 miles away. It would be akin to placing the Royal College of Agriculture in the West End of London.
They teach about space travel on Earth!
Yeh. And it's too expensive... like the HS2
[quote][p][bold]eeoodares[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: I fully understand that teaching students HS2 technology is better supported by having the actual project within yards rather than 100 miles away. It would be akin to placing the Royal College of Agriculture in the West End of London.[/p][/quote]They teach about space travel on Earth![/p][/quote]Yeh. And it's too expensive... like the HS2 Garrowby Turnoff
  • Score: 3

12:10pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Sinjy says...

"Hopes had been high for the success of York's bid, which was submitted by Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, "

No they didn't, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership touted central Leeds as their preferred location:

"The proposed 4 acre site in Leeds, is on a cleared brownfield space on Carlisle Road in the South Bank"
http://www.leedscity
region.gov.uk/news/l
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mise-the-potential-o
f-hs2/
"Hopes had been high for the success of York's bid, which was submitted by Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership, " No they didn't, the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership touted central Leeds as their preferred location: "The proposed 4 acre site in Leeds, is on a cleared brownfield space on Carlisle Road in the South Bank" http://www.leedscity region.gov.uk/news/l ep-backs-bid-to-maxi mise-the-potential-o f-hs2/ Sinjy
  • Score: 0

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