Siemens named UK's best rail firm ahead of opening Goole train factory

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 5 Mar 2019

The company set to bring up to 700 new jobs to East Yorkshire at a new £200m train factory has been named UK Rail Business of the Year.

Siemens Mobility, which hopes to start building the new Goole factory later this year, collected the prestigious gong at the 2109 Rail Business Awards, held in London.

The business announced last year it had won a £1.5bn contract to build almost 100 tube trains for London’s Piccadilly Line.

The trains will be built in Goole, creating hundreds of new jobs in the East Yorkshire town.

Gordon Wakeford, CEO at Siemens Mobility, said: “The Rail Business of the Year award and the other accolades reflect our record and reputation as trusted and reliable partners in the renewal of the UK’s rail infrastructure and rolling stock.

An artist impression of the new factory in Goole (Siemens)

“They also acknowledge the vital part we play every day, with our partners, in shaping connected mobility and enhancing passenger experience.”

As well as scooping Rail Business of the Year, Siemens Mobility also won two awards for its work on the £6bn Thameslink programme in London.

Siemens Mobility collected the Digital Technology Excellence award, and the Infrastructure Project Excellence accolade, as it provides trains, maintenance and signalling for the project.

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More than 550 Siemens trains are in service every day.

The business’ trains are operated by Eurostar, Heathrow Express, Thameslink, South Western Railway, West Midland Trains and Transpennine Express.

CGI of plans for the Siemens factory in Goole

Siemens Mobility employs around 4,400 staff and contractors across the UK.

Siemens’ commitment to the UK rail industry is underlined by plans to develop a factory in Goole, to manufacture and commission state-of-the-art trains for the expanding UK market. 

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This project gained further confirmation in November 2018 following the signing of a billion pound contract to design and build a new generation of trains for the Piccadilly Line in London.

Early plans for the new Goole factory are expected to be submitted this spring. Pending to planning being approved, the facility is expected to open in 2022.

Watch: Siemens announce £200m rail factory for Goole site

Finbarr Dowling, project director at Siemens, said: “We’re aiming for outline planning to be submitted in the spring, with detailed planning in the summer.

“When we opened our blade factory in Hull, we were amazed by how many people wanted to come and work for us.

“I think we will have a very good response from people again with the new train factory."

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