Doncaster’s railway workshops are enjoying boom times again.
Hundreds of jobs have been created over the last six months, demonstrating that investment and growth is taking place in one of the town’s top industries – rail and engineering.
Doncaster’s rail and engineering companies have won in excess of £1.7bn of orders for the next five years.
The town is home to many of the UK’s leading railway engineering companies including Wabtec Rail Ltd, VolkerRail Group, DB Schenker, Unipart Rail and Trackwork, with many others also based in the town.
Wabtec Rail, based at the former Doncaster Plant works, is the leading railway engineering company for repair and refurbishment of railway carriages in the UK and is currently creating a ‘Battle of Britain’ showcase coach.
Due to their success in securing new contracts, they have just recruited their 1,000th employee.
They are also making further investments into their site to increase the number of trains they can handle at any one time as well as increasing their site capacity by 30 per cent.
Unipart Rail, in Hexthorpe, has secured further orders from major UK train operators and train manufacturers.
This has led to significant increase in capacity and recruitment of more staff, bringing their total Doncaster workforce to more than 400.
Network Rail is also recruiting local young people to their apprenticeship scheme.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “This is a very exciting time to work in the rail industry with lots of investment in our railway networks and the prospect of a HS2 Rail College being located here.
“Doncaster has a long heritage in the railway industry and this investment will bring much needed jobs to the town.”
Earlier this week Network Rail opened their new £45 million infrastructure near Shaftholme, the North Doncaster Chord, to improve freight services.
People are being asked to back Doncaster’s bid for the HS2 Rail College at www.businessdoncaster.com