Siemens UK fac­tory

Rail (UK) - - Contents - Richard Clin­nick As­sis­tant Edi­tor richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­ @Clin­nick1

Up to 700 jobs could be cre­ated as Siemens plans a £200 mil­lion train man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Goole.

SIEMENS plans to build a train fac­tory at Goole.

The fa­cil­ity in the East Rid­ing of York­shire could cost up to £200 mil­lion. De­vel­op­ment is planned to start later this year on the 67-acre site, if in­vest­ment con­di­tions are met and sub­ject to suc­cess in fu­ture or­ders.

The fac­tory will be lo­cated at the Goole 36 de­vel­op­ment, next to Junc­tion 36 on the M62. Plans in­clude man­u­fac­tur­ing and com­mis­sion­ing build­ings, ware­houses, of­fices, sta­bling sid­ings, and the po­ten­tial to de­velop a test track.

MP for Goole & Brigg An­drew Percy said: “This has the po­ten­tial to be trans­for­ma­tive for our area and for lo­cal young peo­ple. It also builds on Siemens’ other re­cent in­vest­ment in East York­shire, with its wind tur­bine fa­cil­ity in Hull.”

Up to 700 jobs could be cre­ated, along with a fur­ther 250 jobs dur­ing con­struc­tion. Siemens said around 1,700 in­di­rect jobs would be cre­ated through the UK sup­ply chain.

“We’ve said for some time that fu­ture suc­cess for Siemens in the rail in­dus­try would see us open­ing a rail man­u­fac­tur­ing plant here, and this an­nounce­ment pro­vides ad­di­tional sub­stance to those words,” said Siemens UK Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Juer­gen Maier.

“Hav­ing con­sid­ered mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions in the UK, I’m de­lighted to con­firm that we’ve iden­ti­fied a site in Goole for our new UK rail fac­tory, which not only has the po­ten­tial scale we need for a fa­cil­ity of this size, but also ready ac­cess to the skilled peo­ple we’d need to build and op­er­ate the fac­tory.”

Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port Chris Grayling said: “This ex­cit­ing pro­posal by Siemens un­der­lines the ben­e­fits of this gov­ern­ment’s £13 bil­lion in­vest­ment into im­prov­ing and mod­ernising North­ern trans­port, pro­vid­ing ma­jor firms with the fast, re­li­able con­nec­tions re­quired to re­cruit a skilled work­force and de­liver cut­ting-edge in­no­va­tion.”

Gor­don Wake­ford, Siemens UK Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Mo­bil­ity Di­vi­sion, said: “We have been a ma­jor part of the UK rail in­dus­try for over 20 years, and have al­ready in­vested hun­dreds of mil­lions in our fa­cil­i­ties, our peo­ple and tech­nol­ogy over the past five years alone.

“This pro­posed ma­jor new in­vest­ment ce­ments our com­pany’s de­sire to fur­ther its pres­ence in the UK’s rail mar­ket, and un­der­pins the on­go­ing im­por­tance of the mar­ket here to our rail busi­ness glob­ally.”

The com­pany has de­liv­ered 3,310 ve­hi­cles for the UK. Man­u­fac­tur­ing has largely taken place in Krefeld (Ger­many), with con­struc­tion also car­ried out in Vi­enna and Prague.

Siemens has re­cently com­pleted an or­der for 30 five-car Class 707s for An­gel Trains (used on South Western Rail­way) and 34 eight­car Class 374 Ve­laros for Eurostar (op­er­ated as 17 pairs). Still be­ing de­liv­ered are the fi­nal Class 700s from a 1,140-ve­hi­cle or­der for Thames­link, while de­liv­er­ies will soon start on Govia Thames­link Rail­way Class 717s. ■


An artist’s im­pres­sion of in­side the Goole fac­tory.

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