Siemens Mobility to build rail components facility in Goole

Siemens Mobility is expanding its £200million rail village at Goole in East Yorkshire with a new £7million component facility that will create up to 30 new jobs.

The new facility, to be built by local firm GMI, will open next year. GMI has also built the rest of the Siemens rail village with a 100% UK supply chain, over 70% of which is based in Yorkshire. This development will make Goole a center of excellence for rail technology in the UK. With up to £200 million investment from Siemens Mobility, 700 new jobs will be created with 250 additional positions during the construction phase and 1,700 additional indirect supply chain opportunities.

The new facility will service drives and traction motors for Siemens Mobility UK’s train fleets, a job currently carried out in Leeds. It will also service the HVAC air conditioning units, with maintenance of other train components to be confirmed in the future.

Business Minister Lee Rowley signed a building steel to mark the occasion then toured the Railway Village which includes manufacturing sites, service businesses, a supplier park and the RaisE Innovation Centre, which is a new space for collaboration and innovation for SMEs. to co-locate. The next phase of Raise will be a research center focused on technology, including digital, AI and decarbonization technologies.

Transport Minister Lee Rowley signing a steel at the Siemens Mobility rail components factory. Credit: Siemens Mobility.

The Minister also viewed mock-ups of the new Piccadilly Line London Underground trains to be built at Goole. and met with apprentices from Siemens Mobility and representatives from Primary Engineer, which partners with Siemens Mobility to raise awareness of career opportunities in engineering and STEM, in collaboration with 13 local schools. Primary Engineer is a program designed to spark interest and curiosity in engineering in children from an early age.

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Inauguration of the railway components facility of Siemens Mobility. Credit: Siemens Mobility.

Speaking in Goole, Industry Minister Lee Rowley said:

“The government is working to unlock private investment to create new opportunities for industry across the UK, and it’s fantastic to see Siemens Mobility’s commitment to Goole being part of that.

“This Rail Village will keep East Yorkshire at the forefront of the rail industry, creating jobs and driving supply chain business growth. Its use of British-made steel and its commitment to inspiring the next generation of engineers by working with schools means this project embodies the best of British manufacturing.

Sambit Banerjee, General Manager Rolling Stock, said:

“It’s great to be able to show the minister our rail village and discuss with him the positive and lasting impact that Siemens Mobility wants to have in Goole. The rail village is a great example of how investing in rail can support jobs and growth and help level the UK The railway village will make Goole a center of expertise for the whole of industry, and I’m sure the next generation of decarbonisation and technologies digital will be developed here.”

Lee Powell, CEO of GMI Construction Group PLC, said:

“We are committed to adding value to the projects we deliver, which includes utilizing the talent and capabilities of local supply chain companies. Within our all-UK supply chain, two-thirds of the businesses we have brought to this flagship project are Yorkshire-based, supporting local jobs and retaining a high proportion of the financial value of development in the region.

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Transport Minister Lee Rowley and Sambit Banerjee, Managing Director Rolling Stock of Siemens Mobility Rail Components Facility.
Credit: Siemens Mobility.

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