Britain’s Last Underground Coal Miners Stop Work Today
A hundred years ago more than a million men made their living digging coal from deep beneath UK soil. As of today there will be none, with Britain’s last underground coal mine, Kellingley Colliery, near Leeds in West Yorkshire, closing. The UK coal industry will now consist of a handful of opencast mines that will produce about 8 Mtpa (million tonnes per annum). The record UK output was 292 million tonnes 1913. The UK imported 42 million tonnes last year but is moving increasingly towards other energy sources.