Siemens’ Yorkshire factory to build more Tube trains

Siemens will manufacture most of the new trains for the London Underground’s Piccadilly line in its new factory in Goole, East Yorkshire, the company announced on Monday.

The German engineering giant said that the facility would produce 80% of trains for the Piccadilly line — up from 50% previously announced.

Due to open this spring, the factory is part of a wider “rail village” where Siemens Mobility is investing up to £200m. It includes assembly and commissioning halls, a train components servicing facility, a materials and logistics warehouse, and the Rail Accelerator & Innovation Solutions Hub for Enterprise (Raise), a partnership between rail industry specialists, academics and local government.

Siemens Mobility said it would establish the site as a centre of excellence for rail technology in the UK, creating up to 700 jobs. A further 1,700 jobs are expected to be created in the supply chain.

Stuart Harvey, chief capital officer at Transport for London (TfL), said: “Producing more Piccadilly line trains in Goole will support local supply chains, clearly demonstrating how investment in transport in London benefits the whole of the UK.”

The new Tube trains are due to enter service in 2025.

Subject to confirmation of government funding, the Goole factory will also produce a replacement fleet for the Bakerloo line.