Siemens' Velaro train
The manufacturing giant has announced the development of a 67-acre site for train manufacturing which will create up to 700 jobs in East Yorkshire.
The £200m factory, located near the M62 in Goole, will be responsible for manufacturing, assembling, and testing trains in the region.
If the company’s investment conditions are met and the company is successful in securing major future orders, work will begin on site by the end of the year.
The announcement is a major boon for the region as 700 skilled engineering and manufacturing roles are being created.
Siemens currently operates eight train manufacturing sites and says that around 1,700 indirect jobs will be created through the supply chain.
The specifics of which trains will be manufactured at the site will depend on orders the firm receives.
Siemens says the site was selected for its positive transport links and access to skilled workers.
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.
“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.”
Project director for the Goole facility, Ruth Humphrey, said: “We wanted to be somewhere where we would get local support, which Siemens knew we would get here, and where there is access to people who would want to work Siemens.”
“There is a good catchment of people who would be able to travel to the site for work.”
“But we are not just looking for people who are already highly skilled. There will be opportunities for training and apprentices as well, and we really want to be a key part of the community here.”
The detailed plans for the factory show a huge development which includes manufacturing and commissioning buildings, warehouses, offices, and the potential to develop a test track.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said of the announcement: “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.
“From delivering brand new and refurbished trains through the Great North Rail Project, our plans to upgrade the Transpennine Route to our investment in Yorkshire’s roads, we are driving forward job creation, economic growth and unlocking the potential of the Northern Powerhouse.”
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