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Major milestone for National College for High Speed Rail

The National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster is one step closer after Doncaster Council received the planning application for consideration.

A decision on the application is expected towards the end of the year. Subject to the necessary approvals, construction of the 7,200 square metre three-storey building is scheduled to start in April 2016 and open its doors in September 2017.

The National College for High Speed Rail, which was established in July this year, will provide specialist vocational training for the future generations of engineers.

It represents the next step in developing the highly skilled workforce needed to build HS2, the largest infrastructure project Britain has seen for decades, as well as future rail infrastructure projects.


Government has 'failed to make convincing case' for HS2

The Government has yet to make a convincing case for spending £50 billion on HS2, according to a report out today.

The high speed rail network, linking the North to London, will be one of the most expensive infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK. But the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee says the Government has failed to meet its two man objectives. Lord Hollick chairs the committee.

Lord Prescott warns of East/West divide

The Prime Minister has announced a new rail link which is supposed to bring cities across the North of England closer together but tonight it was claimed it could actually push them further apart.

The so-called High Speed 3 line would cut journey times between Hull and Liverpool - but the line would only be upgraded as far as Leeds and the former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott says it risks creating a new East/West divide. James Webster reports.

Hull City council reacts to high speed rail news

Hull City Council is welcoming the announcement of a potential new high speed rail link between Hull and Liverpool but says it is more important to quickly get the line electrified all the way to Hull.

Chief Executive Darryl Stephenson is pushing to make sure the city council is part of any talks on how transport across the North can be improved:


West Yorkshire police reaction as man comes close to PM on visit to Leeds

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Video shows 'protester' pushing Prime Minister

ITV News has obtained footage of a man "shoving" the Prime Minister at an HS3 launch event in Leeds.

As David Cameron left Leeds Civic Hall, the man rushes up and appears push to him.

Security officers then seize the man and hurry the PM into a waiting car.

Mr Cameron was in West Yorkshire to announce proposals for a third high-speed rail line in the north, known as HS3.

West Yorkshire Police have said that a 28-year-old man was briefly arrested but was released shortly after, saying the incident was "nothing sinister."

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