In a further boost for the rail industry the new sleeper factory at Doncaster officially opened in time for the Christmas rush.
Work over the holiday season and beyond means relaying miles of track and using ever growing quantities of new sleepers. The factory at Ten Pound Walk in Doncaster is run by Trackwork Moll, a new company contracted to supply sleepers to Network Rail.
The factory employs upwards of 45 people and will supply around 400, 000 concrete sleepers for Network Rail to use around the network each year. Between 700,000 and 1,000,000 sleepers are needed each year to keep the railway running safely and reliably.
Trackwork Moll is jointly owned by Trackwork of Kirk Sandall, Doncaster and Leonhard Moll Betonwerke of Munich, Germany. Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, has taken a keen interest in the new plant and plans to meet local staff and officially open it in December.