Siemens £8m bogie facility in Lincoln now open

The ribbon was cut at an official opening event at Siemens’ £8 million Bogie Service Centre (BSC) on Waterside South in Lincoln on Friday.

Work at the facility focuses on the servicing of the Velaro Eurostar e320 and Thameslink Desiro City Platform bogies. It will also include overhauls to Desiro Classic bogies and wheelsets.

An event attended by MP for Lincoln Karen Lee, the Mayor of Lincoln Keith Weaver and customers including Eurostar marked another key milestone in Siemens continuous expansion of is UK rail footprint.

A tour round the new BSC Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

It follows plans announced earlier this year to build a new train factory in Goole, East Yorkshire.

Managing Director at Siemens Neil Corner. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Will Wilson, UK Managing Director for Siemens’ Rolling Stock business. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Johannes Emmelheinz, CEO Customer Services at SiemensMobility. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Siemens currently employs around 14,000 people across the UK, with 1,500 of these at the site in Lincoln.

The company recently signed a 10-year lease on the Main Works site in the city and the new BSC is set to create up to 40 skilled jobs by the end of 2019.

The new BSC is set to create up to 40 skilled jobs by the end of 2019. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

MP for Lincoln Karen Lee believes it represents a huge statement of confidence in Lincoln.

After her tour of the building she told The Lincolnite: “I am very impressed by the high standard of professionalism and the obvious overwhelming importance that’s placed on safety.

Audience listening to the presentation at the Siemens Bogie Centre. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

More from the presentation. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

“The amount of confidence this shows in Lincoln for a firm like Siemens to be making a huge investment that they have made and also the fact that there must be a really happy workforce here to make that work. A really positive thing for Lincoln

“I think it’s an excellent boost for the Lincoln economy. I’m an apprenticeship ambassador and I’m very impressed that they’ve taken on more apprentices for this job. The amount of money that’s been invested is a huge statement of confidence in Lincoln and the people of Lincoln.”

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite