It has been more than five years since Siemens Mobility confirmed (in June 2018) that it would build a new factory in the East Riding of Yorkshire to fulfil its UK order book.
Although it would ultimately be unsuccessful in its joint bid with Alstom to deliver a new generation of high-speed trains for HS2 from the site (in Goole), Siemens opted to go ahead with its new premises after securing a £1.5 billion train contract with London Underground.
Of the 94 nine-car Tube trains ordered for the Piccadilly Line, production has broadly been split on a 50:50 basis between Goole and its factory in Vienna.
The first Austrian-built unit arrived in July at Siemens’ Test and Validation Centre in Wildenrath (Germany), from where it is expected to head to London next summer for further testing before entry into service in 2025.
Meanwhile, back in the UK, the new factory in Goole is now being fitted out and is rapidly mobilising to start home-grown production from March next year.
After its search for a suitable location on this side of the English Channel, it is easy to see why the global manufacturer selected this 67-acre brownfield site in Goole.
Purchased from Homes England, the derelict land already had rail access provided by an existing siding from the Doncaster-Hull main line to a glass factory. Meanwhile, the industrial park on which it sits is close to Junction 36 of the M62 motorway.
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