Rail firm stays on track for success

Rosie Winterton MP is pictured with Wabtec staff, from left, David Haynes, Doncaster business director, Giles Brown, group finance director, Paul Robinson, group sales director and Thomas Guy, assistant project manager. Picture: Marie Caley D4014MC

Rosie Winterton MP is pictured with Wabtec staff, from left, David Haynes, Doncaster business director, Giles Brown, group finance director, Paul Robinson, group sales director and Thomas Guy, assistant project manager. Picture: Marie Caley D4014MC

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A FIRM which has more than quadrupled its workforce in fewer than 20 years has introduced some of its hard-working staff to a Doncaster MP.

Train refurbishment company Wabtec Rail employs 900 people at its Hexthorpe premises which were recently visited by Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton.

The company notched up sales of £75 million last year compared to £10 million in 1994 when it employed just 186 people. Miss Winterton described Wabtec as a Doncaster success story which had grown to be one of the area’s biggest employers.

“It’s important companies like Wabtec are given the support they need to win big contracts and continue to offer jobs and opportunities for people in Doncaster,” she added.

Managing director Chris Weatherall said: “From 1999 Wabtec has increased the number of jobs in Doncaster by more than 500. We’re delighted Rosie recognises the importance of Wabtec to the local and national economy.”

Wabtec is currently revamping trains for several companies including all 90 from the Tyne & Wear Metro system over the next four years.