'Siemen's £1.5bn London Underground train deal has come at exact right time for East Yorkshire'

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 19 Jun 2018

A £1.5bn manufacturing boost for East Yorkshire has come at a “good time” after hundreds of redundancies were announced at the region’s biggest aircraft factory.

News of the Siemens train factory in Goole being awarded with the London Underground contract has come just a months after BAE Systems in Brough confirmed 400 job losses last year.

Dr Ian Kelly, chief executive of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, said “momentum had been building” in Goole, and the announcement had come at a welcome time for the Humber region.

“It has come at a good time in terms of redundancies at BAE, and massive changes in the high street,” Dr Kelly said.

“It also reflects the need for modern-day manufacturing. Siemens has a very good reputation in the Humber, and has already established itself as world class manufacturers in every sense.

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“I think it re-enforces that the Humber is establishing itself for advanced manufacturing in a big way.”

Siemens in Goole will build 94 trains for a number of underground lines, as Transport for London continues its expansion in the capital.

Dr Ian Kelly, chief executive of Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce

When built, the factory will employ up to 700 people in skilled engineering and manufacturing roles, as well as up to an additional 250 people while the factory is being built.

The news also means 50 new apprentice and graduate positions could be created.

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It provides a real boost for the region, after BAE Systems announced 400 people are expected to lose their jobs at the site in Brough.

“Goole is in a fantastic location, and Sterling Capitol have been making an excellent site which has attracted interest from the likes of Guardian Glass, Tesco Distribution and now Siemens,” Dr Kelly said.

“This sort of clustering can only enhance the reputation of the Humber. In Siemens we can be confident we have a great manufacturer who knows how to do things.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling talking to Gordon Wakeford of Siemens

“The train factory is something completely new for the region, and I hope it attracts other investors to follow.”

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Details on when work on the factory in Goole will start have not been revealed yet.

Speaking about the announcement, Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility, said: “We are thrilled by today’s announcement. Our metro trains travel the equivalent of 60 times around the world each week, transporting millions of passengers comfortably and efficiently.”

Dr Kelly said he was pleased to see enterprise zones across the region taking shape.

“We helped create the Humber LEP seven years ago, and one of the things we wanted was to create enterprise zones, so it is pleasing to see we are seeing results.

“It has been a long game, and the local authority also deserves credit, but I think we have made investors feel confident in starting up in our communities.”



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