Almost £3million will be injected into the economy as local jobs are supported in the build of Goole’s new rail manufacturing facility.
GMI Construction Group is well on with delivering the £35million contract, with 250 roles in the supply chain as it aims to handover to Siemens Mobility in March next year. Lee Powell, divisional managing director, said every person connected with the company working on the project lives within a 25-mile radius and that £2.7million in wages will have been paid to that local workforce by the time the facility is ready to build its first train.
He said: “The economic benefits of the GMI Construction programme will be long-lasting for the area and stretches far beyond the local wage bill. Lee Powell said: “We are committed to supporting local jobs and skills and we are working with employment and training initiatives in the area as well as forging links with educational establishments.” A preview of the progress being made has been given, with five main buildings being developed. These include train body construction, assembly, testing and commissioning and trucking, as well as dedicated office space. It will also see 4.5km of rail track connecting the facilities to the main railway line laid, with five lines in total.
Tube trains for London’s Piccadilly Line will be the first to be manufactured at the site. Siemens Mobility’s Goole development will create up top 700 direct jobs, with an additional 1,700 indirect supply chain opportunities. The £200million investment is the core element on a 67-acre rail village site. Contracts worth £50million have been awarded to UK companies, the majority of which are based in Yorkshire. GMI’s expertise and groundworking solutions have already saved £5million from the overall cost of the project too. As part of the project, GMI has created four new apprenticeships and has safeguarded a further six positions. It is also hosting educational visits and workshops for schools, colleges, and universities and will offer five university or college work placements. Jack Sheard, from Goole, who is an apprentice quality surveyor, said: “Being a young apprentice with GMI is really beneficial, due to the level of support I can count on. This is a huge opportunity for me and it’s all on my doorstep.”
An artist’s impression of the new Goole rail manufacturing facility.