The scale to accommodate a large facility and, crucially, ready access to the skilled workforce needed to build and operate the factory – are why Siemens has chosen Goole as the site for a new rail factory. Phased development of the 67-acre site is now underway.

Siemens Mobility has also contracted a further £10m to other UK suppliers. Mace was appointed in autumn 2019 to provide project and cost management services. CR Reynolds is undertaking enabling and Premier Modular has supplied temporary site offices.

With an investment potential of up to £200 million, this new factory could create as many as 700 skilled jobs in engineering and manufacturing – as well as employing an additional 250 people during the construction phase. What’s more an estimated 1,700 indirect jobs can be expected throughout the UK supply chain.

The plans in the proposal include manufacturing and commissioning buildings, warehouses, offices, and stabling sidings. The new factory in Goole will have 860,000 square feet of manufacturing, commissioning, warehouse buildings and stabling sidings, as well as a four-storey, 54,000 square foot office building.

“The investment has the potential to have a huge impact on the Yorkshire economy and the North of England as a whole,” said Will Wilson, UK&I, Siemens Mobility Limited.

Siemens also has a £1.5bn contract with London Underground to design and build a new generation of trains for the Piccadilly line and future main line trains are to be built on Humberside.