Unite the union has today (12 December) reacted with anger at the proposed closure of the former Knorr-Bremse Rail Services depot based in Springburn, close to Glasgow, threatening 200 highly-skilled jobs.

The Springburn depot carries out service, maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrades on all trains for ScotRail. Gemini Rail Services UK Ltd who recently took over Knorr Bremse Rail Services stated that the proposed closure was due to an ‘unsustainable decline' in demand for the maintenance of rail stock due to the introduction of new rolling stock.

Unite has repeatedly raised concerns over the future workload of the site with the company and the Scottish Government. If the proposed closure goes ahead it will mean the repairs and maintenance of Scotland’s rail stock will be carried out in England. The union is calling on the Scottish Government to urgently intervene to ensure the site remains open.

Pat McIlvogue, regional industrial officer, said: “Unite has been working hard to get clarity and seek assurances on the Springburn depot. The proposed closure will affect around two hundred highly skilled jobs and lead to the ludicrous situation whereby the maintenance of Scotland’s rail stock would be carried out in England. This situation is completely unacceptable, which is why Unite has been raising this issue with the Scottish Government over a number of months now.”  

“We have been fobbed off on the basis that talks between the Scottish Government and Gemini Rail Services UK Ltd were forthcoming. We believe there is a significant body of work which can sustain the site until the end of next year at the very least.  The announcement must concentrate the mind of the Transport Minister and the Scottish Government must urgently intervene to ensure the future of the site.”


For more information contact Pat McIlvogue on 07918631805.

Notes to editor: 

Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.