Rail firm on track to 37 new recruits

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Almost 40 new jobs have been created at a Doncaster rail firm thanks to a £750,000 investment.

Unipart Rail, based in Balby, is expanding its facilities to take on new contracts from European and Japanese industry giants such as Siemens and Hitachi.

The firm overhauls bogies – or wheeled wagons – that have travelled between 500,000 and 1.2m miles by replacing the electrics, brake system components and, where necessary, doing welding.

Shaun Taylor, Unipart financial controller, said: “Originally we thought we’d be able to recruit 32 new staff, but we have outperformed this goal and have taken on 37 people, allowing us to expand our overhaul facilities.

“This is great news, not just in terms of the additional jobs, but in light of what’s happening across Doncaster with the town becoming a future international leader in rail engineering.

“Unipart will have a really important role to play in the coming years.”

The firm received a grant of £112,500 from the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Regional Growth Fund.

It was part of a wider move by Doncaster, and the Sheffield City Region LEP, to become a national centre of expertise for the UK rail industry and HS2.

It was announced last month that Doncaster and Birmingham will be the new home for the National High Speed Rail College, which will create the engineering expertise ready to meet the needs of the £42bn project.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “Unipart Rail is just one of those firms enjoying considerable growth and recruiting people into the rail industry.”

The grant funding has come from the LEP’s ‘Unlocking Business Investment’ programme, which has seen £32m in central Government funding allocated to the city region.