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Siemens to open major new rail factory in the UK

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The UK engineering jobs market received good news this week with global rail manufacturer Siemens announcing its intention to build a major new factory in Goole in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Artists impression of the interior of the Siemens planned rail factory in Goole.
(Artists impression of the interior of the factory. Image via Siemens).

The new factory could employ up to 700 people in skilled engineering and manufacturing roles, plus an additional 250 people during the construction phase. Around 1,700 indirect jobs are expected to be created throughout the UK supply chain.

The factory will be used to manufacture and commission trains, with construction of the factory on a 67-acre site set to begin later this year. The plans detail an extensive footprint for the factory including manufacturing and commissioning buildings, warehouses, offices, and stabling sidings with potential for the development of a test track.
A visualisation of the exterior of Siemens planned rail factory in Goole, Yorkshire.
(A visualisation of the exterior of the factory. Image via Siemens).

Juergen Maier, Chief Executive at Siemens UK, said:

“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. 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 proposed factory in Goole will be large scale, comprising 12km of track, and an overall site size of 271,000m2
(Image via Siemens).

Gordon Wakeford, Managing Director of the Mobility Division for Siemens in the UK, also welcomed the news, saying:

“We have been a major part of the UK rail industry for over 20 years and have already invested hundreds of millions in our facilities, our people and technology over the past five years alone. This proposed major new investment cements our company’s desire to further its presence in the UK’s rail market and underpins the ongoing importance of the market here to our rail business globally. We are looking forward to working with our UK industry partners and supply chain to bring this vision for the future to reality.”

The planned factory further cements Siemens’ strong position in the UK rail industry. The company already employs some 4,400 employees in its UK rail and wider transport division. In addition, Siemens has over 450 trains in service and runs eight purpose built maintenance facilities across the country.

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