Jarvis axes jobs as rail programme slows

Rail maintenance firm Jarvis is to axe 450 jobs due to a significant slowdown in workload.

The York-based firm said it had seen a “significant delay and reduction” in new projects and a drop in demand for rail machinery. Network Rail has delayed spending in its £4bn track renewals programme, the firm added.

Steven Norris, executive chairman of Jarvis, said: “It has been a painful process to absorb the impact of Network Rail’s sudden reduction in workload.”

Jarvis has 4,000 staff and 80 depots across the UK.

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