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Siemens Mobility awarded £1.5 billion contract to build underground trains

New fleet of trains Credit: Transport for London

Siemens Mobility Limited has been awarded a £1.5 billion pound contract to build 94 trains for the London Underground at a factory it is planning to construct at Goole.

The factory, on a site just off the M62 and the size of 40 football pitches, would employ up to 700 people in skilled engineering and manufacturing roles, plus up to an additional 250 people during the construction phase. In addition at least 50 new apprentice and graduate positions could be created.

Twenty two UK suppliers have been identified in the bid to potentially work with Siemens Mobility Limited on the build of the trains.

While this order is for an initial 94 trains, Transport for London says the contract will be awarded on the 'expectation of a single manufacturer' building further trains for all four Deep Tube lines - to maximise cost savings.

Sabrina Soussan, CEO of Siemens Mobility, said the company was "thrilled" by today's announcement.

Our metro trains travel the equivalent of 60 times around the world each week, transporting millions of passengers comfortably and efficiently. With this extensive knowledge and our constant focus on value provision, we can drive down lifecycle costs and significantly improve the passenger experience.

This has been key to our development of a unique proposition to meet London’s specific challenges and is essential to help TfL accelerate the growth of the Tube network and improve the capacity and reliability of its train services.

Additionally we can further develop rail skills and our investment, something that is so important to our organisations and the continued success of the UK rail industry.

– Sabrina Soussan, CEO Siemens Mobility

Mike Brown MVO, Commissioner of Transport for London, said the announcement was a 'huge milestone' for London Underground

It also demonstrates once again that investment in London creates jobs and apprenticeship opportunities right across the country. These trains will transform the journeys of millions of our customers, and provide faster, more frequent and more reliable trains for decades to come.

– Mike Brown MVO, Commissioner of Transport for London,