Mining firm Banks wins Mainshill contract

Hard at work...before production at Mainshill ceased
Hard at work...before production at Mainshill ceased

MINING firm Banks has won a contract to carry out maintenance work on the site of a former surface coal mine in Douglas.

Banks, which has an office in Hamilton, has been appointed by Mines Restoration Limited to carry out the work at the Mainshill Surface Mine, which is located to the east of the town of Douglas.

The Mainshill site has not been mined since former operators Scottish Coal went into administration last year.

A seven-strong Banks team is now undertaking a programme of works on site and is expected to be at Mainshill for around eight weeks.

Banks Mining has operated and restored well over 100 surface mines across Scotland and the north of England over the last 35 years and has substantial experience of carrying out the type of work required at Mainshill.

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