UK’s last deep coal mine to close next week

The end of production at the UK’s last remaining deep coal mine is scheduled to take place in a week’s time.

The UK's last remaining deep coal mine will close on 18 December. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

UK Coal confirmed that Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire is set to close on 18 December, bringing an end to deep coal mining in this country.

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The 450 miners who work at the pit – known locally as the Big K – will receive severance packages at 12 weeks’ of average pay.

Chris Kitchen, general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, said: “It’s a sad day now that the closure date has been confirmed.

“I am sure people will argue not burning coal is better for the environment, but as far as I am concerned this is another vindictive act.”