A £200 million state of the art train factory in East Yorkshire has the potential to create 700 skilled engineering and manufacturing roles. If the investment conditions are met Siemens will start the phased development of the 67 acre site later this year.
The new facility will add to Siemensâ existing operations in the UK, consisting of 450 trains in service and eight purpose built maintenance facilities. The German firm is one of the biggest employers in the UK rail sector, with 4,400 employees working in rail and wider transport-related roles.
The train factory would be Siemensâs second landmark investment in the East Yorkshire region, following its £300 million wind turbine blade plant 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.
Having considered multiple locations in the UK, Iâm delighted to confirm that weâve 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 weâd need to build and operate the factory, said Juergen Maier, chief executive at Siemens UK.
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, he added.
Chris Grayling, the Transport secretary, mentioned that Siemensâs proposal underlines the benefits of this Governmentâs £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.