Siemens seeks planning approval for £200m rail manufacturing unit in UK

WCN Editorial Team 25 Apr 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Siemens Mobility has submitted a planning application to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for the construction of a £200m rail manufacturing facility in Goole, East Yorkshire, UK.

If approved, the facility will be constructed on a 104-acre site in Goole at junction 36 of the M62 motorway.

Siemens Mobility said that the move marks a major milestone for the rail manufacturing facility, which is planned to be constructed in phases.

The proposal includes 80,000m² of warehouse buildings and stabling sidings, as well as a four-storey office building.

Siemens Mobility rolling stock managing director Will Wilson said: “This is a major step forward for our plans. With digitalisation we can help make trains and infrastructure intelligent and reaching this milestone furthers our vision to create a sustainable, long-term and technically advanced facility that is an asset to the UK.

“It’s the result of positive dialogue with the local authority, statutory bodies and other stakeholders, including community representatives.”

Siemens Mobility expects the project to create up to 700 jobs. An additional 250 jobs will be created during the construction period. The site will also support another 1,700 supply chain roles.

Siemens Mobility plans to commission its UK rolling stock engineering and commissioning team at the Goole site, which will build trains for the expanding UK rolling stock market.

Siemens has unveiled its plan to build the rail manufacturing unit last year following which a £1.5bn contract was signed with Transport for London (TfL) subsidiary London Underground Limited to deliver 94 Tube trains to operate on the Piccadilly line.

From 2023, 94 new Inspiro trains will be delivered on the Piccadilly line, allowing up to 27 trains-per-hour (tph) to run at peak times by the end of 2026.

The firm expects the first phase of manufacturing site to open in 2023, subject to approval. The site planned to become fully operational by 2025.

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Image: Siemens Mobility will manufacture new trains for London Underground. Photo: courtesy of Transport for London.

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