United Kingdom
West Midlands; West Midlands; Walsall and Wolverhampton
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Land Transport And Transport Via Pipelines
49.4 - Freight transport by road and removal services

400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
29 August 2008
Employment effect (start)
29 August 2008
Foreseen end date
30 September 2008


Amtrak, a company that operates in the freight distribution sector, has announced that it is to close its site at Aldridge in the West Midlands. Four hundred people are currently employed at the site, and all of these jobs will be lost. The closure is expected to be complete in the next few weeks. The closure has been blamed by the company, which has been trading since 1987, on lower consumer spending and the rising cost of fuel.

Update – on 1 September 2008 Amtrak announced that the closure of the Aldridge depot will lead to a further 70 job losses at branches in Birmingham, Coventry, Shrewsbury and Gloucester.


  • 29 August 2008: BBC News
  • 29 August 2008: Birmingham Mail
  • 1 September 2008: BBC News


Eurofound (2008), Amtrak, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 67017, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67017.