Siemens plans £200m train factory for East Yorkshire

Siemens has announced plans to construct a £200m state-of-the-art train factory in East Yorkshire which could ultimately create 700 skilled engineering and manufacturing roles.

Siemens aims to start phased development of the 67-acre site later this year, if investment conditions are met.

The German firm is already one of the biggest employers in the UK rail sector, with 4,400 employees working in rail and wider transport-related roles.

The new facility will complement Siemens’ existing operations, comprising some 450 trains in service and eight purpose-built maintenance facilities, plus wider activities in electrification, signalling and train control technologies.

The move would be Siemens’s second landmark investment in East Yorkshire, following its £300m wind turbine blade plant which employs hundreds of people in Hull.

As well as the aforementioned engineering and manufacturing roles, an additional 250 jobs would be created during the construction phase of the train factory and around 1,700 indirect jobs would be created throughout the UK supply chain.

Concept drawing of the new facility

Juergen Maier, chief executive at Siemens UK, said: “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.

“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.

Maier said: “This investment has the potential to have a tremendous impact on the Yorkshire economy and the North of England as a whole, ensuring that the benefits of infrastructure spending are spread widely and helping to ensure the ongoing development of the UK rail industry.”

Plans for the site next to the M62 in Goole include sidings and the potential for the development of a test track.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling said: “This exciting proposal by Siemens underlines the benefits of this Government’s £13bn 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.”

Last year, Siemens pulled out of a joint venture with Russia to construct a power plant after four gas turbines it sold for use in Russia turned up in Crimea, a region subject to EU sanctions on energy technology. 

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