United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Milton Keynes and Glasgow
Repair And Installation Of Machinery And Equipment
Repair And Installation Of Machinery And Equipment
33.17 - Repair and maintenance of other transport equipment

150 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 August 2013
Employment effect (start)
31 July 2013
Foreseen end date


Rail repairs and refurbishment company Railcare has made 150 staff redundant in Wolverton, near Milton Keynes, and Springburn, Glasgow. As announced, the company has gone into administration because of deteriorating trading conditions and falling demand. It has also failed to secure a takeover by a German firm.

Railcare hopes that customer demand will allow the company to trade until administrators find a buyer for the business. Acccording to trade unions, however, the business is viable but there are cash flow problems that were generated by delays to fleet refurbishment programmes in spite of the company's full order book since October.


  • 2 August 2013: BBC News
  • 1 August 2013: The Independent


Eurofound (2013), Railcare, Bankruptcy in United Kingdom, factsheet number 75751, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/75751.