Rail creates hundreds of jobs in Doncaster

Published 5th June 2014 at 2:31pm

Hundreds of jobs have been created in Doncaster over the last six months, demonstrating that investment and growth is taking place in one of the town’s top local industries – rail and engineering.

Doncaster’s rail and engineering companies have won in excess of £1.7bn of orders over the next five years.

Doncaster is home to many of the UK’s leading railway engineering companies including Wabtec Rail Ltd, VolkerRail Group, DB Schenker, Unipart Rail and Trackwork and with many others also based in the town, it is seen as a key rail cluster in the UK.

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 recreating a ‘Battle of Britain’ showcase coach (pictured with Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones).

Due to their success in securing a number of new contracts, they have just recruited their 1,000th employee and are 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, based in Hexthorpe, has secured further orders from major UK train operators and train manufacturers. This has led to significant increase in capacity, leading to the recruitment of more staff, bringing their total workforce in Doncaster to more than 400.

Network Rail is also recruiting local young people to their award winning 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.”

People are being asked to back Doncaster’s bid for the HS2 Rail College at: www.businessdoncaster.com