Sunday, March 3, 2024

80% of new Piccadilly line trains to be assembled in Yorkshire

Siemens Mobility is in the final stages of fitting out its new train factory in Goole, where it has now been revealed up to 80% of the new Piccadilly line Tube trains will be produced, up from a figure of 50%.

The factory, which is due to open this spring, is part of the wider rail village where up to £200 million is being invested, up to 700 jobs will be created along with up to 1,700 opportunities in the supply chain. This increase represents a larger pipeline of work on the first project for the factory, extending security for the Goole rail village.

Sambit Banerjee, Joint CEO of Siemens Mobility, said: “For the first time Siemens Mobility will assemble trains here, in Britain. This is a truly exciting milestone not just for us but the industry and local economies as a whole. And the fact that we will be increasing the amount up to 80% of Piccadilly line Tube trains being assembled in Goole is a testament of our manufacturing capabilities.

“We are proud to be assembling these trains here in Yorkshire, which will transform rail travel for commuters and visitors to our great capital city. These next generation of walk-through, air conditioned, energy efficient Tube trains for Britain will be put together right here by the next generation of engineers.”

Stuart Harvey, TfL’s Chief Capital Officer, 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.

“We have ensured that this development will not impact when the first train arrives for testing in London later this year, ahead of entering service in 2025, nor the planned timetable uplift in 2027.

“Subject to long-term certainty on Government funding, the factory in Goole is also expected to deliver a replacement fleet for the Bakerloo line, which at more than 50 years old is the oldest train in passenger service in the UK.”

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