The news of a £1.5 billion contract awarded to Siemens Mobility to replace the existing London underground trains operating on the Piccadilly Line will be music to the ears of regular commuters on the busy tube network.
Not only is it good news for London it’s also great news for the wider economy as it’s estimated that thousands of jobs will be created to build the 94 new tube trains.
Earlier this year Siemens signed a long-term agreement for the lease of land at a site in Goole (Yorkshire) agreeing to develop the 67-acre site on condition that new orders were won. It is expected that the deal will confirm the start of a renaissance for the rail manufacturing industry in Yorkshire. Juergen Maier (Chief executive at Siemens UK) said “This investment has the potential to have a tremendous impact on the Yorkshire economy and the north as a whole, ensuring that the benefits of infrastructure spending are spread widely and helping to ensure the ongoing development of the UK rail industry”
It is expected that Siemens will also be awarded the contract to replace tube stocks for the Central, Bakerloo and Waterloo & City lines. However with Spain’s CAF and possibly TALGO opening train manufacturing plants in the UK industry insiders are encouraging caution, stating that problems could arise if orders from train operators and Transport for London fail to materialise. However for now the mood surround the project is extremely positive with Andrew Percy (MP for Goole & Brigg) stating “It has the potential to be transformative for the area, and for local people, and builds on Siemens’ other investments in East Yorkshire”
We for one can’t wait to see the new tube trains on the tracks and will keep you up to date with the latest developments as and when each phase is implemented.
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