FLHH axes 145 jobs as coal cuts bite

Freightliner Heavy Haul (FLHH) is to cut 145 ground staff, shunting and driving jobs as the closure of coal-fired power stations accelerates.

FLHH spokesman Ben Lee said: “Freightliner Heavy Haul has entered discussions with the train drivers’ union ASLEF regarding the severe reduction in coal demand in the UK. Initial discussions are around redeployment within the company, but regrettably job losses are inevitable. The full impact is still being quantified and the entire process will be conducted in full consultation with the unions.”

While consultation with ASLEF takes place, the RMT union said the job losses announced in mid-February had sent “shockwaves through the industry”, and called on the Government to intervene to prevent rail freight capacity being lost for good.

  • For more on this story, read RAIL 795 published on March 2

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  • FrankH - 04/03/2016 15:09

    They seem to have cut back on using class 86's on containers north of Crewe. The class 70's have been in charge since Lamington was reopened. I miss the traction motor whine.

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