Another international rail company chooses Doncaster as its base

Published 10th September 2014 at 1:56pm

Austrian / Swiss rail group Rhomberg Sersa is the latest international company to commit its UK future to Doncaster in Sheffield City Region.

The multi-national company with turnover of more than 300million Euros has taken a unit at West Moor Park, Armthorpe for their UK head office.

Carl Garrud, Managing Director of Rhomberg Sersa who now works out of Doncaster, said: “Choosing Doncaster will enable the company to establish key contacts with the numerous rail and engineering businesses already based in Doncaster and Yorkshire. This clustering effect was an important factor when deciding to base our UK operations in the town.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “We are delighted to welcome another household name in the rail sector in Rhomberg Sersa to Doncaster. This is another feather in Doncaster’s cap as we continue to attract leading rail and engineering firms to the town.”

The Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group are among the world’s leading Slab Track technology companies providing  manufacturing, installation and design services that meet the needs of high speed rail infrastructure.

Having provided services to many high speed rail projects throughout continental Europe, the Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group now offer their specialist services to the UK market via their Doncaster based office.

The company is expected to continue to commit to Doncaster with the possibility of undertaking their manufacturing in the town.

Doncaster’s bid to bring the High Speed Rail College to Yorkshire and the North is also backed by Rhomberg Sersa.

Carl Garrud added: “The Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group has a number of in house rail academies where our engineers and track staff are trained to the highest standard, giving them the tools to deliver to our exacting standards. The development of the Rail College in Doncaster would be an exciting part of our strategy to develop our business.”

Mayor Jones stated: “We have over 6,000 people employed in the rail industry and our bid to bring the HS2 Rail College to Doncaster will further enhance our reputation. We are continuing to push hard to bring the college to the town which will deliver economic growth right across Yorkshire and the north. Rhomberg Sersa shows Europe is committed; we now need the Government to do likewise.”

Doncaster’s bid is private sector led by the Centre for Rail Engineering And Technical Excellence (CREATE), coordinated by Doncaster Council and supported by Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, other LEPs across the north, business leaders and partners, universities and colleges, chambers of commerce and local authorities.

An advisory group consisting of representatives from Crossrail, HS2 Limited, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Department for Transport is expected to make a decision in the autumn. Doncaster is up against Birmingham, Derby and Manchester for the research and teaching centre.

There is still time for people to back Doncaster’s campaign by pledging their support and posting comments on Twitter: #railtown