Siemens Opens New Rail Depot in Glasgow

Posted by Barry Pearson on February 24, 2017  |   Comments Off on Siemens Opens New Rail Depot in Glasgow

Siemens new rail depot was officially opened today (24 February) by the Scottish Government Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousaf, MSP.

With passenger numbers in Scotland growing every year and a comprehensive programme of rail infrastructure works planned across the country over the next decade, Siemens took the decision to relocate its site teams to this purpose-built facility in Cambuslang, on the outskirts of Glasgow.

Siemens Rail Automation Operations Director, East, Richard Cooper, said: “We are delighted to welcome Humza Yousaf to the new Cambuslang depot and honoured that he performed the official opening ceremony. I am particularly pleased that he took such an interest in our apprentices; we are proud of the young people we have recruited from the surrounding area and look forward to the positive contributions they will make to our business in the future.

“They join an experienced and dedicated team in Scotland who have successfully delivered a range of major programmes with our Network Rail colleagues over many years. Reflecting a near doubling of our manpower in Scotland in the last five years, the investment in this new, state-of-the-art facility is a tangible sign of Siemens’ ongoing commitment both to the industry and to Scotland, with further growth planned”.

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “I’m delighted to open this new facility and get the chance to meet some of the people who work here.

“This depot is a great example of how the Scottish Government’s continued investment in Scotland’s railways not only supports service improvements, but also the retention and creation of skilled engineering jobs. It’s particularly pleasing to meet some of the apprentices, many of whom have been recruited locally.

“I wish Siemens and all their employees every success with their new facility and look forward to visiting again in the future.”

The partnership between Siemens and Network Rail in Scotland has a proven track record, with a wide range of projects of varying scale, scope and complexity having been delivered. These include the Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central renewal schemes and the Airdrie to Bathgate and Borders Railway enhancement programmes, Borders being the longest new domestic railway to be constructed in Britain for over 100 years. The teams are currently delivering four equally high-profile projects – the Highlands and Edinburgh to Glasgow enhancement projects and the Motherwell North and Polmadie and Rutherglen renewals programmes.

Richard concluded: “It’s remarkable to think that when we opened our former depot eight years ago, it was to deliver just one project and now our teams are working on four major programmes of equal complexity. The new Cambuslang depot is a truly world-class facility, which gives us the scope and capability to deliver each of these programmes safely and efficiently to the highest quality standards”.

Siemens Rail Automation is a global leader in the design, supply, installation and commissioning of track-side and train-borne signalling and train control solutions. Its portfolio includes train control, interlocking systems, operations control systems, components, track vacancy detection, level-crossing protection, rail communications, cab radios, station systems and cargo automation for both passenger and freight rail operators.

Siemens employs over 15,000 people in the UK, with 1,650 people working in the Rail Automation division from offices in Chippenham, London, Croydon, Poole, Birmingham, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Manchester, York, Glasgow, Newport and Derby. For more information, visit www.siemens.co.uk/rail.