Around 1,100 immediate redundancies are being made at rail maintenance firm Jarvis following the firm’s administration.

Administrators Deloitte have confirmed they will slash posts at the company’s head office in York, as well as at Doncaster, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle and Peterborough.

Jarvis Rail and Fastline, the two divisions involved in rail engineering and repair, will cease trading while only the facilities management part of the firm will continue to trade as normal, the administrators said in a statement. Deloitte hope to find a buyer for this division, Jarvis Accommodation Services.

Rail unions have blamed spending cuts by Network Rail, Jarvis's biggest customer, for the company's troubles.

Gerry Doherty, general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, said: "Yet again, the pain brought about by the cuts programme being pursued by Network Rail is felt by rail workers. The government should have long since intervened to stop Network Rail from laying waste to our rail industry.”

But Network Rail denied the charge. "We did not push Jarvis into administration. We are not responsible for their problems," said a spokesman. He said the maintenance work carried out by Jarvis would be picked up by other contractors.