Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Doncaster, Carlisle, Warrington, Worksop, Gateshead and Teeside
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Land Transport And Transport Via Pipelines
49.20 - Freight rail transport

234 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 June 2015
Employment effect (start)
22 September 2015
Foreseen end date
30 September 2015


Rail freight company DB Schenker Rail UK has announced plans to cut 234 jobs across the United Kingdom. The company has said that the reduction in its workforce is required because of a decline in the amount of coal being transported on the UK rail network. A formal 90 day consultation period has commenced with affected staff and RMT, Aslef and TSSA unions. The company is headquartered in Doncaster with sites in Carlisle, Warrington, Worksop, Gateshead and Teeside. A spokesperson from Aslef – the union which represents train drivers - has said that redundancies among clerical and depot staff are likely to be unavoidable. The Aslef spokesperson also made reference to a three-year no compulsory redundancy clause contained in contracts of 188 train drivers, meaning that if the company wanted to reduce the number of train drivers, it would have to explore other avenues such as voluntary redundancy and relocation The company will not confirm which jobs and locations will be affected until conclusion of the consultation period.


  • 22 June 2015: BBC News
  • 22 June 2015: Chronicler Live
  • 23 June 2015: The Star


Eurofound (2015), DB Schenker UK Rail, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 83818, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/83818.