UK Coal officials, however, said all options are being considered in a restructuring strategy, according to CEO Kevin McCullough. “Daw Mill represented a significant part of the business and discussions have been under way for the rest of the business,” said McCullough. “Remaining deep mines in Kellingley in North Yorkshire, Thoresby in Nottinghamshire along with six surface mines, remain viable.”

UDM union reps were less optimistic. “Our members are very concerned,” said Jeff Wood.