Construction at Siemens Mobility Limited’s new rail manufacturing facility in Yorkshire is well underway and when completed will create 700 direct jobs and 1,700 roles across the UK’s supply chain.
The first phase of the development is due to open in 2023 and when complete, the state-of-the-art factory in Goole will manufacture and commission trains – the first of which will be new Tube trains for London’s Piccadilly line with plans for additional train manufacture in the future.
This could include additional vehicles for the Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo and City line Tube trains, plus mainline suburban and intercity trains.
The new factory will create 700 direct jobs, with a further 250 roles created during the construction phase and an additional 1,700 indirect supply chain opportunities.
Already contracts worth more than £50 million have been awarded to UK companies, the majority of which are based in Yorkshire.
Siemens and the UK rail industry have been partners for over a century, with hundreds of millions of pounds invested in facilities, employees and technology in the past five years alone.
When Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited the new site he said:
“I’m very proud to be here at Goole today where Siemens Mobility will be building the trains of the future, and generating 700 new jobs in the process. I’m thrilled the factory will also be building the new Piccadilly Line trains which I commissioned when I was mayor of London.
“It’s going to be a European centre for excellence for rail technology right here in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
“I want to thank Siemens Mobility, Mace and CR Reynolds for keeping going throughout Covid-19. It is an excellent example of the can do spirit that we need to drive our economy and bounce forward.“
His sentiments were echoed by William Wilson CEO of Siemens Mobility Limited, who added:
“We are delighted that the Prime Minister has been able to join us today to highlight the importance of Siemens’ contribution to the UK economy and the significance of our Goole facility both locally and for UK manufacturing.
“This pioneering development means we’re creating local jobs and building world class trains for Britain’s rail network – all of which will be supported by the UK’s manufacturing supply chain.”
Science Minister George Freeman took to Twitter to share the good news saying:
“UK doesn’t make anything anymore? Wrong.
“The UK’s annual output is £191billion.
“That makes us the 9th largest manufacturer in the world.
“We have huge specialist expertise in advanced manufacturing.”
In addition to the rail manufacturing facility, the Goole development will encompass a research, development and digital innovation cluster serving the UK rail sector with key industry suppliers also co-located on site. This will create a clear focus on the creation and implementation of intelligent rail infrastructure for the UK.
In addition, as part of its commitment to creating a fresh pipeline of talent for the UK rail sector, Siemens Mobility has engaged Selby College as a local training provider.
Will Wilson, CEO UK&I, Siemens Mobility Limited added:
This investment has the potential to have a tremendous impact on the Yorkshire economy and the North of England as a whole.