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Work to modernise a train maintenance depot in York has now started to make way for longer trains and more carriages for rail customers.
We are investing £11million in the facility which is situated on Leeman Road in York in partnership with Siemens.
The improvements are being made in preparation for the additional carriages and brand new Nova trains due to be introduced over the next twelve months.
Councillor Ian Gillies, Leader of City of York Council and Vice-Chair of the Transport for the North Board, visited the depot to see the work that has been carried out so far and formally launch the build.
The depot, which already provides maintenance for our existing trains will also be able to offer stabling for the trains, ready to carry customers on early morning services.
In the long term, the work will help secure highly skilled rail engineering jobs in the city.
The enhancements are being carried out in two phases. The first is currently underway while the second is expected to be completed by summer 2019.
Commenting on the investment, Chris Nutton, Major Projects Manager for TransPennine Express commented: “Working in partnership with Siemens, we’re investing £11million in modernising our train maintenance facility in York so that it is upgraded to maintain our brand new, longer Nova trains.
“We’re especially pleased that this investment will help secure long term, highly skilled railway engineering jobs in York.”
Pete Redding, Fleet Operations Director for Siemens Mobility’s Rolling Stock Business said: “We are delighted to be working with our customer TransPennine Express on this crucial investment which will ensure the York train care facility continues to play an important role in maintaining fleets serving routes in the region. It’s exciting news for our team.”
Councillor Ian Gillies, Leader of City of York Council said: “York is a city with incredible railway heritage and it is great to hear about this significant investment. This news comes hot off the heels of the announcement last month that York has the highest number of jobs the city has ever seen as our economy continues to grow. This expansion secures jobs that meet the needs of our highly skilled residents and shows York to be a great city to invest in.”
Councillor Keith Aspden, Executive Member for Economic Development said: “Today’s news is another show of confidence in our successful economy. This news follows recent success stories relating to job creation and economic growth in York. Such large investment in facilities and the local workforce is fantastic news for residents and our economy.”
We are delivering an investment of £500million between now and 2020 in more services, extra seats and brand new Nova trains.