The £6m building will be the first phase of an innovation cluster known as the Rail Accelerator and Innovation Solutions Hub for Enterprise (RaisE), which will complement a £200m manufacturing facility Siemens is developing on a neighbouring site.

A planning application for the innovation hub has been submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council by Yorkshire property developer Wykeland Group.

RaisE is being supported by a network of partners from the British railway industry and higher education, with a key focus on providing research and development support. It will also offer a 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. The centre is aimed at accelerating the adoption of technology within the rail industry.

The project is linked to Siemens’ development of a facility to manufacture and commission trains for the expanding British market.

The planning application indicates that further research and development facilities are expected to be established to the north of the first building on a 2 hectare site that forms part of Siemens’ wider 42 hectare development.

Siemens earlier secured outline planning permission from East Riding of Yorkshire Council for 80,000m2 of manufacturing, commissioning, warehouse buildings and stabling sidings, as well as offices.

Siemens is currently finalising detailed plans for the manufacturing facilities, which are expected to be submitted to the council early this year. Pending approval for those plans, construction is expected to begin by early summer, with the first phase of manufacturing facilities scheduled to open in 2023.

“As well as accommodating support teams for our new rail manufacturing facilities, this building and other later related facilities will offer significant benefits to partners from industry and academia,” says Mr Sambit Banerjee, managing director, Siemens Mobility rolling stock and customer services.

“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.”