Siemens Mobility’s Bogie Service Centre (BSC) in Lincoln has successfully reached an historic milestone with the overhaul of its 1000th bogie. The achievement comes after only three years of operations, and just 15 months after its 500th bogie overhaul.
Sambit Banerjee, Managing Director, Siemens Mobility Limited, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our Bogie Service Centre. Reaching this milestone so soon after the 500th overhaul shows how the capabilities of the Lincoln facility are growing at pace.
“The Lincoln service centre is state of the art and can service the full range of Siemens trains in the UK – maximising their efficiency throughout their life cycle. We are incredibly proud of the growing number of hard-working employees in Lincoln who have helped the center go from strength to strength over the last three years.”
Having successfully completed the overhaul of the Class 350/2 & 350/4 bogies for the Kings Heath depot, the BSC is now showcasing its wide range of capabilities in overhauling the Class 374 high-speed Eurostar bogies and the Class 185 Desiro Classic bogies. The milestone 1000th bogie was completed as part of the Class 700 Thameslink fleet overhaul which has just begun and consists of 2335 bogies over the next four years.
The £8m facility in Lincoln has grown exponentially since its opening in 2018, when it employed 44 technicians, to now playing host to 72 technicians accompanied by several technical administrators and 7 apprentices for a total of 118 current employees with further recruitment ongoing.
The facility services bogies for the full range of Siemens trains operating in the UK, including: Velaro Eurostar e320; Thameslink Class 700; Transpennine Express Class 185; and West Midlands trains Class 350/2 & 350/4.
As well as providing jobs, the BSC has worked hard to give back to the local community. This Christmas staff from the center donated a large amount of food and toiletries to the local food bank as well as raising £110 to help those in need over the festive period.
Community engagement is a vital part of Siemens Mobility’s UK footprint which continues to grow with the construction of a new £200m train manufacturing plant in nearby Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire. The facility, which is due to open in 2023, will manufacture and commission new generation trains and is set to create up to 700 skilled jobs.