The Sheffield City Region 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 the Sheffield City Region. 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 for High-Speed Rail (NCHSR) 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.
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, Sheffield City Region 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.