Siemens expands Goole factory

Siemens Mobility is expanding its £200 million rail village in Goole with a new £7 million component building, creating up to 30 jobs. Business minister Lee Rowley celebrated the investment when he signed a steel sheet during a visit to the site. The component building is set to open next year, and it will be built by local firm GMI, which has built the rest of the Siemens rail village. Teams at the new building will maintain traction drives and motors for Siemens Mobility UK train fleets, and will also maintain HVAC air conditioning units, with maintenance of further components for trains expected to be confirmed in the future.

Problems have delayed Welsh Vivarail plans

The introduction of Class 230 Vivarail trains on the Wrexham to Bidston line has been delayed by ‘thermal problems’ with batteries, Transport for Wales has revealed. An announcement about Class 197 trains and the unveiled of one at Chester was accompanied by a list of future Class 197 routes which included the Wrexham to Bidston service. However TfW has said it is confident that engineers have found a solution, and there is still the prospect of the 230s entering service by the end of this year.