South Yorkshire has an expanding and growing rail sector and supply chain. Our rail cluster has more than 8,000 skilled employees in over 50 companies, with a wide variety of nationalities operating within the region including; German, American, Japanese, Swedish, Dutch, Swiss and Australian.
Well-connected with iPort Rail
In 2018, HRH The Princess Royal opened iPort Rail located in South Yorkshire. It is a state-of-the-art multimodal rail terminal which opens up the region with road, rail and air connections for national and international freight transport.
Located on a 30-acre site within the iPort, iPort Rail is able to accommodate the UK’s longest trains up to six times a day.
In July 2019, a dedicated rail freight service between Teesport and Doncaster was launched in partnership with GB Railfreight. The twice-daily rail service removes 120 daily road movements from the UK road network – a journey of 90 miles each way per vehicle, reducing CO2 emissions and increasing sustainability.
We lead on education in Rail
Our region is home of the National College of Advanced Transport and Infrastructure in Doncaster, reinforcing the fact that we really are a strong cluster, with the right skills. Pairing this, our AMRC training Centre provides practical and academic skills for manufacturing, as well as 344,000 students attending universities within a 50 mile radius.
Unipart Rail launches the new UKRRIN Technology and Innovation Hub
The UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), the £92 million partnership between academia and industry, has launched a new Technology and Innovation Hub at Unipart Rail’s Headquarters in Doncaster.
A new high-speed rail network – HS2
HS2 is a planned new high-Speed Rail network linking London and Birmingham with Leeds and Manchester. The route is a Y configuration with Birmingham at the centre, Leeds in the top right and Manchester top left. The Leeds route will pass through Sheffield.
The two-phase project is set to reach Birmingham by 2026 and Leeds and Manchester by 2033.
Innovating with Tram-Trains
In October 2018, South Yorkshire became home to the very first Tram-Train in the UK! This pioneering technology allows passengers to make a single continuous journey connecting tram stops and conventional rail stations.