Rail infrastructure

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UK railways are entering a new golden age.

National rail infrastructure is currently estimated to be worth £88 billion. Rail operators will invest more than £35 billion in new services and equipment over the next 15 years – a supply chain expansion of 140%.

Watch Caitlin Gent outline the investment opportunities in UK rail.

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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!

Reasons to invest in rail include:

  1. Upgrading rolling stock

    Rolling stock in the UK is more than 25 years old on average, so there is an urgent need to update equipment. UK rail operators will procure £35 billion of new equipment and services over the next 15 years

  2. Significant demand

    The UK currently imports over £600 million worth of rolling stock from outside the EU alone, providing a significant market opportunity

  3. Major rail projects

    Several major rail projects are underway in the UK. These include HS2, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail and Transport for the North. These projects represent a vast supply chain opportunity for rail component producers

Doncaster: a place to grow your business

The home of UK high-speed rail, Doncaster is also at the centre of developing the next generation of rail travel and rolling stock. Companies based in Doncaster benefit from easy access to the rail industry and investment and other opportunities including:

  • An established rail base
    • a major part of the local economy for more than 150 years
    • a highly integrated supply chain, well connected infrastructure and more than 50 rail companies located here
  • Skills and research
    • access to an 8,000-strong highly skilled rail workforce
    • home to 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, The University of Huddersfield
  • Access and logistics
    • centrally located in the UK, with excellent access to the £80 billion-plus opportunities in the nearby continental markets
    • unrivalled specialised logistics and infrastructure, including iPortrail, an intermodal freight hub creating local, national and international supply chains

These opportunities are enhanced by being:

  • Cost competitive

    • competitive labour costs
    • cost of industrial property
    • utilities costs
  • Supported by government

    • visas and migration
    • skills advice
    • financial advice
  • Supported locally

    • recruitment support
    • access to funding
    • access to academic institutions

The home of UK high-speed rail, Doncaster is also at the centre of developing the next generation of rail travel and rolling stock. Companies based here benefit from easy access to the rail industry and the investment opportunities it offers.

Who’s here

Join companies who are already capitalising on the region’s rare opportunity.

  • Hitachi Rail Europe
  • Rhomberg Sersa
  • Unipart Rail
  • Wabtec Rail

Case studies

  • Hitachi Rail Europe

    A global provider of total railway solutions, Hitachi Rail Europe has invested over £80 million in its Doncaster rail facility. The company has announced the creation of 250 new jobs to maintain and upgrade rolling stock in the UK to cater for growing demand.

  • Rhomberg Sersa

    Austrian-Swiss railway engineering provider set up its UK head office in Doncaster in 2014. The company had to recruit additional staff following an increase in demand for its services just weeks after opening.

  • Unipart Rail

    Headquartered in Doncaster, Unipart Rail supplies over 70,000 rail products and installation materials. The site now employs over 400 people.

  • Wabtec Rail

    Wabtec Rail, part of Wabtec Corporation, a leading US supplier of products and services for the rail industry has its UK base in Doncaster. The site now employs over 1,000 more people and the firm is investing to increase site capacity by 30% to meet demand.