Kellingley talks still ‘ongoing’

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UK Coal's Director of Communications, Andrew Mackintosh.'p305c325

Bosses at cash-strapped Kellingley Colliery remain “positive” the pit will remain open.

UK Coal is continuing to lobby the government in a bid to save 700 workers at the Weeland Road site.

The company is facing a cash crisis following the closure of its Daw Mill mine in Warwickshire, which was ravaged by a fire earlier this year.

A spokesman for the company said: “We are still in conversation, but the fact that we are still talking is positive.”

Colliery chiefs lost £160m in coal and £135m in closure and equipment costs following the blaze.

The Express launched a petition to save the mine which was presented to communications director Andrew Mackintosh earlier this month. Visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/keep-kellingley-colliery-open/ to sign up.