Jobs boom lifts town

MP Rosie Winterton with Unipart Rail's Darren Smith, Senior Lean Practitioner (left) and George Tillier, Managing Director.
MP Rosie Winterton with Unipart Rail's Darren Smith, Senior Lean Practitioner (left) and George Tillier, Managing Director.
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A bumper jobs boost is helping Doncaster to buck the national trend of economic doom and gloom.

Hundreds of jobs are up for grabs in the railway and engineering industries in the town, indicating promising investments are being made in our top local industries.

Unipart Rail, based at First Point, Balby Carr Bank, is looking to employ another 50 people over the summer as it continues to expand.

Managing director George Tillier said: “Following Unipart Rail’s major success last year in Australia, our progress in the UK home market continues. The Unipart Rail Bogie Facility in Hexthorpe has secured further orders from major UK train operators and train manufacturers, necessitating a significant increase in capacity and the recruitment of some 50 additional local workers. This will bring our total workforce in Doncaster to over 400.

“Our continuing success is a direct result of the 
commitment, engagement and enthusiasm of our local workforce.”

Local MP Rosie Winterton, who visited the firm’s Doncaster base yesterday morning, said: “Doncaster has a long heritage in the railway industry and I am delighted to hear of Unipart Rail’s continued success, bringing new jobs to the town which are very much needed.”

The news comes as train manufacturing firm Hitachi Rail Europe, which has plans to build a railway maintenance depot in Doncaster, wins a £1.2 billion contract to supply new 140mph trains for Britain’s rail network.

The depot, which has been in the pipeline since last year, will be used to maintain the class 800 series trains due to enter service on the East Coast Main Line in 2018.

A Hitachi spokesman said last night: “It’s still in the planning stages and we haven’t actually put in a planning application yet. But we are planning a maintenance depot in Doncaster that will service some of the trains that will run on the East Coast Mainline.

“It will be a good-sized depot so we are talking job numbers in the low hundreds.”

Meanwhile, Kirk Sandall-based firm Thorndell Engineering is to take on five more recruits after opening a new £350,000 building. The firm, which makes everything from gates and fences to steel frames for buildings, currently employs 22 people. It is expected to turn over £1.5m this year, and £2m next year.