New mine planned

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Plans for the first new mine in a decade emerged yesterday, as it was announced that a battle to save another pit had finally been lost. RJB Mining, which took over many of British Coal's pits in 1994, is expected to officially announce today that it is to open a new pit in Nottinghamshire. The mine, which could take more than 10 years to develop, is expected to employ up to 500 people.

Meanwhile, Markham Main colliery, in South Yorkshire is to close. The Coal Authority, which owns the mine, said it had been unable to find an operator to take on the licence after it was surrendered by administrators of the private company, Coal Investments, in June.