On track: British Steel follows up Doncaster rail donation with Birmingham boost

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 13 Apr 2017

ALMOST 200 metres of rail track has been donated and delivered by British Steel to the National College for High Speed Rail in Birmingham.

The college is set to launch in September and its two campuses, in Birmingham and Doncaster, are currently under construction.

When opened, they will train thousands of students to deliver billions of pounds’ worth of future high-speed rail contracts.

Peter Smith, British Steel’s managing director for rail, said: “The National College for High Speed Rail will be a hugely valuable asset to this country as it trains a new generation of world class rail engineers.

“Once trained, the students will become highly-skilled engineers and leaders, playing a vital part in not only bringing high-speed rail to this country but ensuring it is well-maintained.

“We have developed an excellent relationship with the college, having already delivered rail track to the Doncaster campus earlier in the year.

“We’re proud of our reputation around the world for supplying high-speed rail to a series of prestigious schemes and British Steel expects to play a significant role in HS2.

“As building work nears completion in Birmingham and Doncaster, British Steel is looking forward to further developing our relationship with the college and supporting the students as they prepare to embark on their exciting new careers.”

Ten lengths of 18-metre rail, manufactured in Scunthorpe, have been delivered to the Birmingham college and will be installed in the site.

It came after HS2 asked the supply chain to provide rail for the college.

As reported, Humberbusiness contributor the Scunthorpe Telegraph petition for the contract for rail for the HS2 project to be awarded to the Scunthorpe steelworks has reached almost 700 signatures.

Beth Curtis, the college’s head of partnerships and communications, said the facility would allow people from across the country to work in an exciting new industry.

She said: “We’re delighted to have received a stretch of track for our Birmingham campus, demonstrating the commitment of employers like British Steel.

“It will allow us to prepare a genuine working environment and teach our students on the best equipment available.”

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