Siemens appoints local company to build Goole factory
Yorkshire company GMI Construction Group will build Siemens Mobility’s train factory at Goole.
Siemens confirmed the £40 million contract on February 10, adding that GMI will also build the 2.8-mile rail link from the site to the national network.
A further £10m in contracts has been awarded to other local and UK suppliers. Additionally, three former Heathrow Express Class 332 vehicles have arrived at the site, where they will be used initially as temporary classrooms.
The factory is due to open in 2023 and will create 700 direct jobs, with a further 250 during construction and 1,700 in the supply chain. Siemens also plans to create an associated rail supplier village and innovation centre at the site.
The first trains to be built will be new units for London Underground’s Piccadilly Line, due to be delivered from 2024.
Sambit Banerjee, managing drector of Siemens Mobility Rolling
Stock & Customer Services, said: “Our goal is to put Goole on the map. We want to create more than just a rail manufacturing factory - this is about generating long-term investment, skills and jobs.”
Secretary of State for Transport and Northern Powerhouse Minister Grant Shapps said that as the
North is the birthplace of the railways, with a rich history of manufacturing excellence, it was fitting that the factory construction contract had been awarded to a Yorkshire company.