Doncaster rail industry in £2m boost

Doncaster mayor Ros Jones with Karl Schwiede.
Doncaster mayor Ros Jones with Karl Schwiede.

The revival of Doncaster’s rail industry has taken a step forward with a significant investment from a German firm.

Rail engineering business Schwihag is to spend £2 million developing new manufacturing capabilities at its site in Thorne. The move will safeguard 25 jobs and lead to four roles being created.

Doncaster has a rich rail heritage as the town where the Flying Scotsman among other celebrated steam locomotives was built.

Schwihag agreed to locate its new manufacturing operation in Doncaster after receiving financial support from the council.

Doncaster Council has set £2 million aside to be used to encourage businesses promising to create skilled jobs.

Karl Schwiede, owner of Schwihag, said: “The key determining factor in expanding in Doncaster was the council’s support through the new inward investment incentive scheme. The rail sector is flourishing in Doncaster and with the National College for High Speed Rail coming to the town there are significant benefits for our business.”

The high speed rail college is being co-hosted by Doncaster and Birmingham and is designed to provide the engineers needed for HS2 and future high speed rail projects. Doncaster will also be home to a £70 million maintenance depot for the next generation of trains due to be used on the East Coast Main Line. More than 200 rail and engineering businesses are located in Doncaster.