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GMI Construction Group PLC has been awarded the £40m contract to build a new train manufacturing site at Goole for Siemens Mobility.
This is the first phase of the £200m site and has seen £50m worth of contracts placed with UK companies, the majority based in Yorkshire.
Additionally, GMI Construction Group will build the 2.8 miles (4.5km) of track required to connect the manufacturing plant with the UK mainline network.
Siemens have awarded the remaining £10m in contracts to C R Reynolds (enablement works), Clay 10 (site visuals) and Premier Modular (temporary offices).
The first trains that will be manufactured in Goole will be the new Piccadilly Line trains for the London Underground.
Sambit Banerjee, Managing Director of Siemens Mobility Rolling Stock & Customer Services said: “Our goal is to really put Goole on the map. We want to create more than just a rail manufacturing factory, this is about generating long-term investment, skills and jobs.”
He continued: “We are actively looking for as many UK suppliers as possible to contribute to Goole’s success. The appointment of GMI as main contractor, with shared values and growth ambitions for the local area, is a clear step in the right direction. Together we will make this an important and sustainable rail centre of excellence for the future.”
Lee Powell, Divisional Managing Director at GMI Construction Group said: “We are delighted to be working on the Goole project. We are fully committed to the local area, just as Siemens Mobility are. We have a very strong local supply chain and everyone who is involved in this project from GMI Construction lives within a 25-mile radius of the site. We have an Employment and Skills Plan including creating apprenticeships and employing those who have previously been unemployed, and we will be engaging with local educational establishments and charities.”
700 jobs will be created by the Goole development and is scheduled for completion in 2023.
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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