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With plans for a state-of-the-art train facility in East Yorkshire, Siemens UK is stepping up with a major investment in the British rail industry and the North East.
UK rail industry
The proposed Siemens facility deepens the company’s commitment to the UK rail sector, while helping to improve the distribution of vital infrastructure spending.
The scale to accommodate a large facility and, crucially, ready access to the skilled workforce needed to build and operate the factory – these are two decisive reasons why Siemens chose Goole in East Yorkshire as the site for a new rail factory. Phased development of the 67-acre site is set to begin later this year.
With an investment potential of up to £200 million, this new factory could create as many as 700 skilled jobs in engineering and manufacturing – as well as employing an additional 250 people during the construction phase. What’s more an estimated 1,700 indirect jobs can be expected throughout the UK supply chain.
The exciting plans in the proposal include manufacturing and commissioning buildings, warehouses, offices, and stabling sidings with potential for the development of a test track.
This investment has the potential to have a tremendous impact on the Yorkshire economy and the North of England as a whole.
Rail in the UK
Siemens and the UK rail industry have been partners for over 20 years, with hundreds of millions of pounds invested in facilities, employees and technology in the past five years alone.
With around 4,400 employees working in rail and wider transport-related jobs, Siemens is already among the largest employers in the UK rail industry.
The facility that’s being proposed for Goole will complement and expand the company’s existing operations – these include eight modern maintenance facilities and some 450 trains in service, which together clock up over 60 million miles a year. On top of that come wider activities in electrification, signalling and train control technologies.
“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," explained Gordon Wakeford, Managing Director of Mobility Division at Siemens UK. "We are looking forward to working with our UK industry partners and supply chain to bring this vision for the future to reality.”
skilled jobs in engineering and manufacturing could be created
pounds in investment potential
square metres (size of proposed site)
In addition to hundreds of direct jobs, the proposed facility in Goole is expected to support as many as 1,700 indirect jobs throughout the UK supply chain.
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