The Goole rail village, set to open in Spring 2024, is part of a £200m investment by Siemens and will create up to 700 new jobs.
The first new train was built in Vienna and is now undergoing testing in Germany before being delivered to London this Summer. Testing in the UK can then begin before trains enter service in 2025.
Siemens says that rolling stock for the UK market will be assembled here in the UK, starting with the Piccadilly Line trains and all future UK orders, including new Bakerloo Line trains, subject to Transport for London securing funding from the UK Government.
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.”