Global manufacturing giant Siemens has signed a long term agreement for lease of land in Goole, with plans to establish a new state-of-the-art factory to manufacture and commission trains.
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 announcement was made in early March at the 67 acre site within the Goole 36 Enterprise Zone - with the guest of honour being the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP.
Despite the snow and freezing temperatures, the marquee event was attended by representatives of the company, Andrew Percy MP, senior council officers and elected members, local civic dignitaries and the media.
Caroline Lacey, chief executive, said: “It is a real coup for Goole and the wider East Riding that Siemens has secured this key strategic site.
“They have exciting plans for its development and these will have a significant economic impact on the area.
“As well as creating skilled employment opportunities for local people, this investment will help transform the town for generations.”
Siemens‘ plans are culmination of years of work between the council and the company, with the project being supported by the inward investment team, part of business investment and tourism services within economic development.”
Jo Dooley, business investment and tourism services manager, said: “Siemens has strong connections with East Yorkshire, with its wind turbine facility in Hull, and was looking for somewhere to build a new rail factory to increase its UK presence.
“The East Riding was identified as its preferred location and Goole36 was ideally situated thanks to its excellent transport links, including ready access to the M62, the Port of Goole and the national rail network.
“The council’s inward investment team has worked closely with Siemens to progress the investment to this stage and will continue to support the company in any way it can to ensure the plans are delivered.
”Siemens aims to start phased development of the site later this year, if investment conditions are met and subject to the company‘s success in major future orders.“
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