Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Yorkshire and the Humber; West Yorkshire; Calderdale
Location of affected unit(s)
Mining / Quarrying
Mining And Quarrying
Mining Of Coal And Lignite
05 - Mining of coal and lignite

150 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
11 January 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


UK Coal has been forced to ditch expansion plans at their second-most productive mine in a move that will result in up to 150 redundancies. The company blamed 'geological problems' for forcing a change of heart at Kellingley Colliery, near Pontefract in West Yorkshire. UK Coal had seen Kellingley as a major opportunity at a time of higher coal prices and planned to open up fully the 'Silkstone seam', which would help yearly output rise from 1.7 million tonnes to 2 million. To make matters worse about 150 workers from the now-closed Selby mines had recently been transferred to work at Kellingley but hopes for their future have been dashed.


  • 12 January 2005: The Guardian


Eurofound (2005), UK Coal, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 60996, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60996.