Westminster visit for railway firm

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Alfreton-based railway engineering firm Collis Engineering Ltd received a visit from Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin and Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills.

The parliamentarians took a tour of the factory and chatted with apprentices about future opportunities within the railway sector.

Collis Engineering management also took the opportunity to restate their support for the High Speed 2 rail project linking London with the midlands and the north.

Construction is set to begin in 2017 with an indicated opening date of 2026.

Peter Roberts, Collis Engineering Managing Director, said: “We were delighted to receive a visit from our local MP accompanying the Secretary of State for Transport.

“As a small to medium enterprise 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.”