80% of new Piccadilly line trains to be assembled in Yorkshire
Siemens Mobility has confirmed that up to 80 per cent of the 94 new Piccadilly line trains for the London Underground will be assembled in Yorkshire, UK. Previously, the plan was to build only half in Goole, East Riding. The new train factory is nearing completion and is set to open this spring.
This Goole facility will play a pivotal role in producing the next generation of Piccadilly line Tube trains, contributing to the transformation of rail travel for commuters and visitors to London. The company is pouring up to 200 million pounds (234 million euros) into a new rail village in Goole, where a state-of-the-art train factory will be established.
With assembly and commissioning halls, a train components servicing facility, and a Rail Accelerator & Innovation Solutions Hub for Enterprise (Raise), the site is poised to drive innovation and advancement in the rail sector. The entire rail village is expected to create jobs for up to 700 individuals and generate around 1,700 supply chain opportunities. Overall, Siemens Mobility’s investment in Goole underscores a significant step forward in the UK’s rail industry, with potential implications for future projects.
The company aims to replicate the success of the Piccadilly line on the Bakerloo line, replacing ageing trains and modernising fleets and signalling systems for safety and reliability. However, these improvements depend on continued government funding, expected from April 2024. Indeed, pending TfL’s funding, Siemens Mobility is also poised to manufacture new Bakerloo line trains at the Goole facility.
In November of last year, Siemens Mobility conducted testing on the forthcoming Piccadilly line trains, utilising both the test track and a climate chamber located in Germany and Austria. These upcoming trains are scheduled to enter passenger service in London starting in 2025, replacing the current fleet dating back to the 1970s. The Piccadilly line, which plays a crucial role in the London Underground network with a ridership share surpassing 10 per cent, serves vital destinations such as Heathrow Airport, the West End, and St Pancras International.
Siemens Mobility is actively involved in constructing 94 Piccadilly line trains for Transport for London (TfL). Siemens Mobility’s upcoming Piccadilly line trains, part of the Inspiro metro train family, promise an enhanced travel experience. Featuring walk-through, air-conditioned carriages, improved accessibility, and CCTV in all carriages, these new trains will boost capacity by around 10 per cent. They are also lighter and more energy-efficient, ensuring a smoother ride for commuters.