Siemens all aboard with £7m investment in new facility

Sambit Banerjee, managing director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility and Business Minister Lee Rowley

Siemens Mobility is expanding its £200m rail village in Goole by building a new £7m component facility which will create up to 30 new jobs.

The investment by the manufacturing giant, which recently took part in our roundtable on connectivity, has been given the seal of approval by Business Minister Lee Rowley who signed the steel of the new building during a visit to the site.

The new addition to the site will open in 2023 and is being built by GMI Construction, which built the rest of the Siemens rail village, using their 100% British supply chain, with over 70% based in Yorkshire, bringing further investment to the region.

The new building will provide vital infrastructure to help keep over 450 trains from Scotland to Southampton running, with the teams to be based there focused on maintaining traction drives and motors for Siemens Mobility UK train fleets, which is work currently done in Leeds, and HVAC air conditioning units, with maintenance of further components for trains expected to be confirmed in the future.

This latest investment by the rail giant looks to further establish Goole as a centre of excellence for rail technology in the UK. It comes on top of a £200 million investment from Siemens Mobility, which is creating 700 new jobs once complete, with a further 250 roles created during the construction phase and 1,700 indirect jobs through the supply chain.

After signing the steel, the Minister toured the rail village which includes sites for manufacturing, service businesses, a supplier park, and the newly opened innovation hub, RaisE

Rowley said: “The government is working to unlock private investment to forge new opportunities for industry across the UK, and it’s fantastic to see Siemens Mobility’s commitment to Goole form a part of that.

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

Sambit Banerjee, managing director for Rolling Stock said: “It is great to be able to show the minister our rail village and discuss with him the positive and lasting impact Siemens Mobility want to have in Goole. The rail village is a prime example of how investment in rail can support jobs and growth and help level up the UK. The rail village will establish Goole as a centre of expertise for the whole industry, and I’m sure that the next generation of decarbonisation and digital technologies will be developed here.”

Lee Powell, CEO of GMI Construction Group added: “We are committed to bringing added value to the projects we deliver, which includes utilising the talent and capabilities of local supply chain businesses. From within our wholly British supply chain, two thirds of the companies we have brought to this flagship project are Yorkshire-based, supporting local jobs, and keeping a strong proportion of the financial value of the development in the region.”