Rail infrastructure in Doncaster

Invest in UK rail infrastructure in Doncaster

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Be part of rail renewal

National rail infrastructure is currently estimated to be worth 88 billion GBP.

Rail operators will invest more than 35 billion GBP in new services and equipment over the next 15 years, a supply chain expansion of 140%.

In the video, hear Caitlin Gent talk about how Doncaster is the ideal place for rail infrastructure businesses looking to expand.

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Isn’t it brilliant when everything comes together? A moment when all the pieces fall into place.

Like an £88 billion investment pipeline in UK railways. Way more than anywhere else in Europe.

A pool of 240,000 skilled workers ready and willing to build locomotives, rolling stock and rail infrastructure. An ecosystem of 4,200 specialist rail companies and the R&D clout of specialist universities and colleges turning out thousands of work ready students with just the skills the rail industry needs.

It’s the perfect moment for a company like yours to expand and it’s happening right now, right here in Doncaster - just in time for my career to really take off.

The investment opportunity

  1. Upgrading rolling stock

    UK rolling stock is on average more than 25 years old, so there’s an urgent need to update equipment. Rail operators will source and buy 35 billion GPB of new equipment and services over the next 15 years.

  2. Supply chain opportunity

    The UK imported over 600 million GBP of rolling stock from outside the EU. This presents significant opportunities to fill gaps in the supply chain.

  3. Major rail projects

    Major rail projects are underway in the UK. These include Crossrail, Transport for the North and HS2, Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

    They’re a vast supply chain opportunity for rail component producers.

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Doncaster - ideal for rail infrastructure

Doncaster is the home of UK high-speed rail and the centre of next generation rail travel and rolling stock development.

  • Established rail base
    • A major part of the local economy for more than 150 years.
    • Over 50 rail companies located here.
    • A highly integrated supply chain and well connected infrastructure.
  • Skills and research
    • 8,000 highly skilled people working in rail.
    • World-class research centres and academic institutions such as The Centre of Innovation in Rail, The Institute for Railway Research, the National College of High Speed Rail, the Rail Innovation and Technology Centre and The University of Huddersfield.
  • Access and logistics
    • Central UK location with excellent access to the 80 billion GBP of opportunities in continental markets.
    • Specialised logistics and infrastructure. This includes iPortrail, a freight hub creating local, national and international supply chains.
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This opportunity is:

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    Cost competitive

    Costs of labour, industrial property and utilities are highly competitive in the UK.

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    Supported by government

    The UK’s visa system is investor friendly and the Department for International trade offers advice on skills, finance and more.

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    Supported locally

    Business networks and access to funding and academic institutions can help you get established and growing.

Doncaster is the home of UK high-speed rail and is at the heart of developing rail travel and rolling stock of the future. It offers businesses easy access to the rail industry and the investment opportunities on offer.

Who’s already here

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Success snapshots

Hitachi Rail Europe

Hitachi Rail Europe

Hitachi Rail Europe is a global provider of total railway solutions. It has invested over 80 million GBP in its Doncaster rail facility.

To meet growing demand, the company has announced the creation of 250 new jobs to maintain and upgrade rolling stock.

Rhomberg Sersa

Rhomberg Sersa

The Austrian-Swiss railway engineering provider set up its UK head office in Doncaster in 2014.

The company recruited more staff to meet increased demand just weeks after opening.

Unipart Rail

Unipart Rail

Unipart Rail supplies over 70,000 rail products and installation materials.

Over 400 people work at their headquarters in Doncaster.

Wabtec Rail

Wabtec Rail

Wabtec Rail, part of Wabtec Corporation, is a leading US supplier of products and services for the rail industry.

Their UK base is in Doncaster.

It now employs over 1,000 additional people at the site and is investing to increase site capacity by 30%.