Created: 02 March 2018
Today, Andrew joined the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP and representatives of Siemens for the announcement of Siemens' new train factory.
Ahead of the visit, Andrew said, "I have been bursting for weeks to share this news and now it is past midnight on Friday March 2nd, I finally can! I am delighted to report that Siemens have taken a long term lease on 67 acres of the site at Goole 36 with the intention of creating 700 new jobs with the construction of a new train factory. Many of these will be high skilled engineering jobs and fit with my long-term stated aim of securing good skilled engineering jobs on that site. A further 250 jobs would be created during the construction phase. A formal announcement is taking place later today. This is a £200 million investment which must be the biggest ever in Goole.
"It was back in 2015 that I brought David Cameron to the site after I had helped secure £13 million from the Conservative Government to construct the road which was vital to open up this land for marketing for development. For years before I was elected we were promised a road and thousands of jobs on this site, but not much had happened. That is why it has been one of my main priorities to ensure this site was developed and used to create skilled jobs. I was also delighted to be the Minister who signed the agreement on behalf of the Government to designate this site an Enterprise Zone, bringing with it substantial benefits from the Government for any investor.
"Better still, a wood pellets biomass company has also taken a lease on some of the land and will be creating a number of new jobs also.
"Siemens are an incredible company and I have been in discussion with them for over a year about this proposal. They looked at a number of sites and concluded this was the best. We are only at the start of the process and the development will need detailed planning work. In addition, it will be reliant on Siemens winning the orders for the trains in the next rounds for new trains such as for the next London Underground train upgrades. Work could start on the site in a matter of months. Well done to all involved, including East Riding Council, the Government agency, Housing England/Homes and Community Agency (who were the heroes of this site), and the many others who have been involved.
"This development could be transformative for our area and will give young people in our area access to high skilled good paying jobs in our backyard. More to follow ..."
Andrew also posted the following comments on his Facebook page later in the day, "To round off a fab day with the Siemens announcement thought I'd post a couple of photos from the event, which was attended by the Secretary of State, Chris Grayling MP. Fingers crossed we should have another announcement for this site involving another major employer in the not too distant future.
"Lots of people will want to know what happens next and how we can ensure maximum benefit to local businesses and local workers. Siemens are serious about this factory, as they were with the Hull blade factory they constructed but a development of this scale will take some time and has a few more hoops to go through yet.
"That said, Siemens have been clear that some work could start on the site in a matter of months. East Riding Council, myself and others will be working with them to ensure that as many local contractors as possible can be used in the construction phase and that there is partnering with local Colleges and schools on the skills side. In the past, projects of this scale have seen information events held for local contractors etc on how they can be a part of the build. It's still early doors but rest assured, I will be working to ensure maximum local benefit from this project.
"The announcement today is an incredible first step and we are all truly thankful to Siemens for selecting this site. This is a huge opportunity for our area, let's work together now to get maximum benefit."