A new factory which will help keep the nation on track for years to come is to open in Doncaster next week.
The state of the art Doncaster Trackwork Moll plant, which will supply thousands of railways sleepers to Network Rail for use across the country, will open its doors for the first time next week.
The Ten Pound Walk plant, which will employ around 45 people, will supply around 400,000 concrete sleepers for the company to use on the rail network each year.
Between 700,000 and one million sleepers are needed each year to keep the railway running safely and reliably.
Doncaster was chosen for the site of the factory because of its central location and excellent rail links.
The factory will also help to reduce costs.
The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport, will visit the site to perform the official opening on Monday and he will also see the on-site laboratory, where sleepers are tested to protect quality standards.
Local skills and expertise have been used in the design and build of the factory, with J F Finnegan of Sheffield building the new works.
Race Cottam Associates, based in Sheffield, were project architects.
Trackwork Moll is a new company which has been contracted to supply sleepers to Network Rail for the next 10 years.
It is jointly owned by Trackwork of Kirk Sandall and Leonhard Moll Betonwerke of Munich.