DB Cargo UK to cut 900 jobs
Doncaster-headquartered DB Cargo UK is to cut almost 900 jobs on the back of a “dramatic decline” in rail freight markets. The company is proposing a potential reduction of its workforce by 893 roles, a further downsizing of its locomotive and wagon fleet, and a revision of the number and locations of its operational sites.
Hans-Georg Werner, chief executive of DB Cargo UK, said: “Responsible and successful businesses must evolve and reshape as their markets change and sometimes this means making tough decisions. “Whilst this is a difficult time for all of us at DB Cargo UK, reshaping the company will enable us to build a business for the future and protect the majority of jobs.” Werner, who said would support colleagues who may be at risk of redundancy, added that DB Cargo “firmly believe in the future of rail freight in the UK”.
“Our motorways and roads are becoming more congested and rail offers fast and clean supply chain solutions,” he added. “Our new business strategy will ensure we are a perfect logistics partner of choice for customers across all sectors, including construction, automotive and intermodal, long into the future.” DB Cargo UK said that no final decisions have been taken at this stage.
All of the proposals are subject to consultations. DB Cargo is one of the largest rail freight hauliers in the UK, employing more than 3,400 staff across the country. It transports intermodal containers, metals, coal, biomass and aggregate, operating more than 5,000 trains each month including services to and from mainland Europe via the Channel Tunnel.
The company was founded in 1996 as the English, Welsh and Scottish Railway (EWS) from assets of the former British Rail freight business.
It was initially owned by a consortium led by US regional railroad Wisconsin Central Transportation Corporation.
In June 2007, Deutsche Bahn AG acquired all EWS shares before the business was renamed DB Cargo UK in March 2016.