A cohort of leading colleges and universities from across the North and Midlands has thrown their support behind HS2 to help fulfil city region growth ambitions.
The vice-chancellors of ten leading universities, including Professor Philip Jones of Sheffield Hallam University, have signed up to a founding statement organised by Connected Cities.
It calls for HS2 to be delivered as quickly as possible to help unlock the untapped economic potential within the regional economies of the North and Midlands, leveraging further growth in those city regions.
Recent studies show that HS2 could deliver a £15 billion boost for the UK economy as a whole and could create 60,000 new jobs across the North and Midlands, many of which will be highly skilled.
Prof Jones, said: “Our cities have ambitious plans for growth.
“HS2 will significantly improve connections across and between cities giving us the infrastructure to build upon those ambitions and maximise our potential to significantly boost jobs and prosperity right across the Sheffield city region.
“Bringing a national engineering college to Doncaster also has the potential to be a game changer, not only for the city region, but for cities across the North and Midlands.
“It will offer local people, including our school leavers, the chance to gain high level engineering skills leading to well-paid jobs that are in high demand.”