Siemens under fire amid claim not all trains in £1.5bn deal will be built in Goole

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 4 Feb 2019

Siemens has come under fire for its £1.5bn London Underground contract, amid allegations some of the 94 trains will not be built in Goole.

In an extraordinary letter written to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, the MP whose constituency covers rival Hitachi’s train plant claimed Siemens’ £200m factory in East Yorkshire would not be ready in time to fulfil the contract.

Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson said he was “deeply disappointed” by the allegation that some of the trains would be built overseas.

Siemens has pledged to “maximise” the number of contracted trains that would be built in Goole, despite never having stated all of the 94 tube trains would be manufactured in the region.

Hitachi was one of the rival manufacturers which took the case to the High Court in London, after it missed out on the £1.5bn contract to supply the Piccadilly Line.

The letter sent to London Mayor Sadiq Khan

In a letter to Mr Khan, Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson accused Siemens of “pulling the wool over Transport for London’s eyes.”

He said: “Siemens pledged to build a new factory in Goole to manufacture the trains and create 700 jobs.

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

“However, I have since discovered Siemens will now manufacture two-thirds of the 94 trains ordered by TfL at its site in Vienna.

“Siemens has also confirmed that the bogies for all units will be built at the Siemens bogie plant in Graz, Austria.

Finbarr Dowling, Project Director at the Siemens rail factory to be built in Goole, shows Andrew Percy MP and the Mayor of Goole, Cllr Richard Walker, around the development site. (Image: Hull News & Picture)

“Furthermore, it would seem that the factory in Goole will not even be open in time to fulfil TfL’s complete order.”

Speaking to Hull Live in December, Siemens project director Finbarr Dowling said outline planning permission for the factory would be submitted this spring, with detailed planning to follow in the summer.

He added subject to planning, construction of the factory is expected to start in late 2019 or early 2020, with the hope of building trains in the 2022/23 year.

It is not clear where the information relating to the number of trains that would be built in Austria has come from.

Read more: From £200m train factories to 800 new homes - Goole set for remarkable change

Siemens has also never released a statement confirming all of the 94 trains bound for Piccadilly would be manufactured in Goole.

The manufacturer, which also has a blade factory in Hull, has now said it will work with Transport for London to “maximise” the number of trains for the Piccadilly Line that would be built in Goole.

A spokesperson said: “The award of the DTUP contract is a significant step allowing Siemens Mobility Limited to progress its plan to build a new factory in Goole, East Yorkshire, to manufacture and commission trains.

“The Siemens Mobility factory would employ up to 700 people in skilled engineering and manufacturing roles, plus up to an additional 250 people during the construction phase of the factory.”

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