Siemens officially signs £1.5bn tube train contract for its £200m Goole factory

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 20 Nov 2018

Siemens has announced it has officially signed a contract with Transport for London to design and build 94 tube trains at its upcoming factory in Goole.

News of the deal first surfaced earlier this year, but it was put on hold after an appeal was lodged to the High Court by rival manufacturers Bombardier, Hitachi and Alstom.

In early November, it was revealed the High Court had thrown out the appeal, leaving Siemens Mobility and TfL free to go ahead and sign the contract.

That contract has now been reached, in a £1.5bn deal which will create up to 700 jobs in East Yorkshire.

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William Wilson, managing director rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Limited, said: “These state-of-the-art trains, which are track-friendly and future-proofed for a long life, will transform the travel experience for the 700,000 daily Piccadilly line passengers.  

“We’ve thought about travellers at every stage of the process and as a result the trains feature walk-through carriages with wider doors, improved access to make them easier to get on and off, and feature full air-conditioning – a real challenge in hot tunnels.”

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling talking to Gordon Wakeford of Siemens

From 2023, new spacious ‘Inspiro London’ trains will be delivered for testing on the Piccadilly line, with current estimates indicating the first of these trains will be serving customers in 2024.

The state-of-the-art tube trains will significantly improve the experience of millions of customers, with wider doors and longer, walk-through, fully air-conditioned carriages.

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In addition, in-train information systems will help all customers plan their onward journey more easily.  

The initial order placed by TfL will see 94 trains manufactured in Goole.

Work on the factory is now expected to get underway, at a cost of around £200m.

The trains will operate on the Piccadilly line

There is more good news on the horizon for Siemens in Goole, as it is revealed the company is in pole position to supply trains for three other London Underground lines in the future – Bakerloo, Central and Waterloo & City.

Nigel Holness, managing director of the London Underground, said: “The introduction of new trains on the Piccadilly line will significantly improve the journeys of millions of our customers, providing more frequent and more reliable trains for decades to come.

“This order will mean the replacement of the 1970s Piccadilly line fleet, with delivery of the new trains in 2023, and will help address crowding on the line as London’s population continues to rise.” 

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

As Siemens Mobility announced earlier this year, the contract award is a significant step to progress plans to build a new factory in Goole, East Yorkshire, to manufacture and commission trains.

The two companies will now work together to maximise the number of Piccadilly line trains being built at the facility. 

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