Shadow Rail Minister calls at Chippenham Siemens Mobility site

By Nick Batten on 10 August, 2022

Last week, (5th August) Shadow Rail Minister Tan Dhesi MP visited the Siemens Mobility facility in Chippenham, which helped to deliver the new Elizabeth line. 

The new line launched in May and has already been a major boost for commuters and leisure travellers, with Dhesi’s Slough constituents directly benefiting from faster journeys into Central London and beyond. 

Siemens Mobility’s Chippenham site has been a crucial hub for the Elizabeth line, welcoming the different suppliers involved in the project to plan and deliver the railway’s pioneering signalling system, with the company’s site in Ashby, Leicestershire delivering the station and railway control.

During the visit, Dhesi drove an Elizabeth line train in an in-cabin simulator, spoke to apprentices working on site, and explored the company’s offerings which can touch every part of a passenger’s journey. 

The visit was part of The Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) parliamentary Rail Fellowship Programme, which matches politicians to rail sites relevant to their brief or in their constituency, and gives them a hands-on experience of what goes on in the sector day-to-day. 

Tan Dhesi, Shadow Rail Minister and MP for Slough said, “I have spoken many times about the benefits Crossrail is delivering for passengers in my constituency of Slough and beyond. Today, I was lucky enough to get the immersive experience of Crossrail behind the scenes, meeting the workers who made it happen, and making my debut behind the wheel. 

“Thank you to the railway workers at Siemens Mobility for all their hard work on this transformative project, and to RIA for organising the visit as part of their Rail Fellowship Programme.”

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association, said, “It’s great that the Shadow Rail Minister, Tan Dhesi, has been able to visit Siemens Mobility’s Chippenham site, as part of the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme. 

“Siemens has been a crucial supplier in helping to deliver the huge benefits of the Elizabeth line to Slough and the South East. So it is fantastic that the Shadow Minister has been able to see their technology up close, and to meet the people that made this happen, even taking a (simulated) Elizabeth line train for a spin!

“Thank you to Tan Dhesi for taking part in the programme. And thank you also to all those at the Siemens’ facility who made this visit happen, and for all their transformative work on the Elizabeth line project!”

Pictured above: Tan Dhesi (right) in the Crossrail Integration Facility