Siemens unveils plans for £200mn state-of-the-art rail factory in the UK

- Leadership - Mar 02, 2018

Siemens is to build a new £200mn facility in Goole, United Kingdom for the manufacturing and commissioning of trains.

Development on the state-of-the-art factory in the East Riding of Yorkshire region is scheduled to begin later in 2018, with 700 new skilled manufacturing and engineering roles set to be created.

250 construction jobs are also set to be added during the development phase, while indirectly the project could create up to 1,700 positions through the UK supply chain.

"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," commented Juergen Maier, Chief Executive at Siemens UK.

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"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."

Siemens, already one of the country's main rail investors, has ploughed billions into providing technologically-advanced rail solutions such as high-speed, automation and electrification.

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