Hitachi Rail Europe chose Doncaster for £80m rail depot

Birthplace of the Flying Scotsman and the Mallard, Doncaster has a rich history as a centre of rail excellence.

So it was perhaps a natural fit when Hitachi Rail Europe was looking for a location for a new £80m rail depot.

When it is fully in operation the depot, on the site of the historic Doncaster Carr locomotives site, will employ around 250 people, including engineers and apprentices.

The depot is hiring a brand new team to maintain new fleets of Virgin and Transpennine Express intercity trains set to start running in 2018, connecting northern cities to London and Scotland.

Their main role will be to ensure that each train, having carried thousands of people a day, is ready to offer passengers the same service the next day – involving everything from maintaining the engines to keeping the trains clean.

When looking for a site, Hitachi chose Doncaster due to factors including its proximity to the East Coast main line and local expertise in the rail industry.

Speaking about the investment, Geoff Elliott, General Manager for East Coast maintenance for Hitachi, said: “Doncaster is the perfect location for bringing new talent and skills into the rail industry.

“The local area has a strong legacy of technical and engineering jobs and our depot investment looks set to cement this reputation.”

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