The £200m investment from Siemens Mobility to create a ‘state-of-the-art factory to manufacture and commission trains’ at Goole is a real game changer for the East Riding of Yorkshire economy.
The manufacturing facility is due to open in the summer of 2023 and this will form part of a “rail village” that will also be home to an innovation cluster. Finbarr Dowling, the Director of Localisation at Siemens Mobility believes that “Goole can be very much at the epicentre of a thriving rail industry in the UK, that’s solving problems not just in the North of England but across the country.”
The factory will start making tube trains for London Underground’s Piccadilly Line. In November 2018, Transport for London signed a £1.5bn contract with Siemens Mobility to design and build 94 new generation tube trains to replace the existing 1970s fleet on the line.
Siemens has signed a long-term agreement to lease a 27 ha site on the Goole 36 development adjacent to Junction 36 of the M62 motorway and envisage that the factory could employ up to 700 people in engineering and manufacturing roles, plus an additional 250 people during construction. A further 1,700 indirect jobs would also be created throughout the UK supply chain.
When asked why the German manufacturer had chosen Goole, Mr Dowling said, “Why not Goole?"
He added that Goole offered plenty of space and a good skills base, as well as great transport links.
“We had also worked with the Invest East Riding team in relation to our investment in offshore wind in the area so had confidence the team could deliver what we needed”.
Siemens considered several places in the UK but choose Goole after the team presented a bespoke package of support that included planning guidance, supply chain linkages, labour market development and the opportunity to scale up their initial investment.
Why not Goole? We had also worked with the Invest East Riding team in relation to our investment in offshore wind in the area so had confidence the team could deliver what we needed