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Siemens Mobility has revealed plans for a UK rail industry-leading research hub, set to open in Goole, East Yorkshire. Wykeland Group, a leading Yorkshire property developer, submitted the planning application to East Riding of Yorkshire Council on behalf of Siemens.
Managing Director of Rolling Stock and Customer Services at Siemens Mobility Ltd, Sambit Banerjee, said: “We have been working closely and collaboratively with partners to bring these exciting proposals forward. As well as accommodating support teams for our new rail manufacturing facilities, this building and other related facilities will offer significant benefits to partners from industry and academia.”
The £6 million centre, proposed to be be built at the Goole 36 enterprise zone site, will be the first phase of an innovation cluster known as the Rail Accelerator and Innovation Solutions Hub for Enterprise (RaisE).
It is aimed at accelerating the adoption of technology within the rail industry, a persistent issue for the industry, and will complement a £200 million rail manufacturing facility currently being developed by Siemens at a neighbouring site.
Banerjee continued: “This is the first phase of development of a cluster of facilities focused on innovation and research and development that will create a high-tech centre of excellence for the UK rail industry. The objectives of RaisE are consistent with our ambitions to establish a world-class rail village at Goole, combining manufacturing facilities with digital-led innovation to drive technological advances across the rail network and industry.”
With a key focus on providing research and development support, RaisE will offer a high-quality facility for start-ups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs), predominantly linked to rail industry supply chains and include spaces for collaboration, possibly on a cross-sector basis.
This article first appeared on www.globalrailwayreview.com
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