Minister visits rail company


Alfreton railway engineering firm Collis Engineering Ltd has been visited by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills.

During the visit Collis reaffirmed its support for the HS2 high speed rail development to the Secretary of State explaining it felt the project would be invaluable in driving forward economic growth and providing a catalyst for innovation and training within the UK rail market.

While at the Meadow Lane Industrial Estate firm , Conservative Parliamentarians 
toured the factory and were able to chat with many of Collis’s apprentices, who were able to discuss the opportunities for their futures within the railway sector.

The Secretary of State was interested in some of the new product developments at Collis and in particular the new hinged lightweight signal post which offers a low cost and safer way of resignalling schemes.

Collis’s managing director Peter Roberts said: “We were delighted to receive a visit from our local MP accompanying the Secretary of State for Transport.

“As an small to medium sized firm, it is encouraging that the Secretary of State took the time to listen to our views and was interested in what we can offer to the railway.

“The UK has a long and proud tradition of leading innovation in the global railway sector and this can only continue through sustained investment in our own network.”

Mr McLoughlin, MP for Derbyshire Dales, said: “I was thoroughly impressed by their technological advancements, which have brought some great products at cheaper prices to the rail infrastructure.”

Mr Mills MP added: “Collis Engineering is a great local employer and does some really impressive work for the rail industry.”