Siemens plans new £200m rail factory creating up to 700 jobs near Hull

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 2 Mar 2018

Manufacturing giant Siemens has announced “exciting” plans for a state-of-the-art train factory which will create up to 700 jobs in East Yorkshire.

Siemens is to develop the £200 million factory by the M62 in Goole to manufacture, assemble, test and commission trains.

The firm aims to start phased build-out of the 67 acre site later this year if investment conditions are met, and subject to the company’s success with major future orders.

The new factory could employ up to 700 people in skilled engineering and manufacturing roles, plus an additional 250 people during the construction phase.

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The firm is cementing its importance in the East Yorkshire region following its investment at the Siemens Gamesa wind turbine facility in Hull.

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.

A train manufactured by Siemens for Thameslink

“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.”

The development will bring an employment boost to the region following the announcement last year that around 400 manufacturing workers are set for redundancy at BAE in Brough.

Project director for the Goole facility, Ruth Humphrey, said Siemens saw the area as an ideal place to build a skilled workforce, particularly in relation to the recent fate of Brough's BAE workers.

“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,” she said.

CGI of plans for inside the new facility

“There is a good catchment of people who would be able to travel to the site for work. The skills those [BAE] staff have are the sort of skills we are obviously looking for here.

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 global engineering firm, which currently runs eight train manufacturing sites, said around 1,700 indirect jobs are expected to be created throughout the supply chain.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “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.

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“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.”

The detailed plans for the factory, to be located at the Goole 36 development, named after the M62 junction it sits on, highlights an extensive footprint including manufacturing and commissioning buildings, warehouses, offices, and stabling sidings with potential for the development of a test track.

Lord Haskins, chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This is another exciting development for our region, and another step forward for the Humber. Its impact on jobs and opportunities for local businesses will be a very positive one.

“The Humber has a long heritage and a great deal of expertise in engineering and manufacturing, so these plans really play to our strengths.  It is also a further vote of confidence in our region’s capability to deliver world-class facilities and products for multi-national businesses.

“With Siemens investing in rail, this gives the Humber region another area of industry to explore and a chance to contribute to improving and modernising the UK’s transport on a large scale.

“The Enterprise Zone at Goole is ideally placed to facilitate what Siemens have set out to achieve and I am confident that our region can deliver on the skills necessary to operate the factory.”

A train manufactured by Siemens for Eurostar

The exact amount and class of trains manufactured at the site will depend on orders received by the firm.

Gordon Wakeford, managing director of the Mobility Division for Siemens in the UK, said: “This proposed major new investment cements our company’s desire to further its presence in the UK’s rail market and underpins the ongoing importance of the market here to our rail business globally.”

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Siemens said the site was selected for its positive transport links and access to skilled workers. 

MP for Goole & Brigg, Andrew Percy, said: "This fantastic commitment from Siemens chimes perfectly with the vision we have for Goole 36 as a new centre for skilled engineering jobs locally.

“I am delighted that Siemens has chosen the Goole site and I will be continuing to work with Siemens and the Government to bring this investment to fruition. This has the potential to be transformative for our area and for local young people.”

Stephen Kinsella, director of Land at Homes England, said: “The announcement by Siemens is great news for Goole and it is fantastic that we have been able to create an enterprise zone on our land which will now help create hundreds of sustainable jobs."

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Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding Council, said: “We’re committed to supporting Siemens’ ambitions to establish a major manufacturing facility for the UK rail industry in Goole, which would deliver significant economic benefits to the East Riding of Yorkshire, the wider region and the country.”

John Cridland, chair of Transport for the North, said: “This is a fantastic announcement which fully supports Transport for the North’s aims of improving the northern economy and bolstering the advanced manufacturing sector in Goole and the north as a whole.”

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