Siemens to invest £8m in new Lincoln bogie service centre

Siemens will make an £8 million investment in a new bogie service centre in Lincoln, creating up to 40 new skilled rail technician roles by the end of 2019.

A bogie is a structure underneath a railway vehicle to which axles are attached.

The new bogie service centre will create high-skilled technical jobs and aims to reduce the time trains are out of service for overhauls.

A bogie is a structure underneath a railway vehicle to which axles are attached.

The centre will initially focus on servicing bogies and wheel sets for the latest Siemens trains operating in the UK, including Velaro Eurostar e320 high speed trains and Desiro City trains.

Construction work on the bogie service centre, which will be co-located on the existing Siemens site on Pelham Street, is already underway and will be operational by June 2018.

The Eurostar 1.6 million km overhaul programme is already scheduled as the first major project for the facility and will initially see around 20 employees.

Siemens is one of the biggest employers in the UK rail sector, with 4,400 employees working in rail and wider transport-related roles.

The new facility will complement Siemens’ base of over 450 trains and eight purpose-built maintenance facilities, plus wider activities in electrification, signalling and train control technologies.

Vernon Barker, Managing Director for Rail Systems for Siemens in the UK, said: “We are looking forward to opening our new bogie service centre later this year, enabling us to offer our customers high quality and predicable train maintenance.”