Birmingham shortlisted to become home to Great British Railways

Our city will compete against Crewe, Derby, Doncaster, Newcastle-upon-Tyne & York for the honor

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It has been revealed that Birmingham will compete against Crewe, Derby, Doncaster, Newcastle-upon-Tyne & York for the honor of being crowned as home to Britain’s railways.

Our city has been nominated after a competition that drew applications from 42 other places in the country.

The public referendum, which will play a crucial role in determining the chosen location, has officially opened today.

Members of the public can choose the city or town that they believe makes the best case for this prestigious honor online, with the final decision made by the Secretary of Transportation later this year.

The central headquarters will be the heart of the railway network and will provide strategic direction for the operation of the GBR, as well as bring a number of highly qualified jobs to the area.

As part of the government’s commitment to raising the bar in the UK, the new GBR headquarters will be based outside London and bring highly educated jobs to the winning position. Local economies will be further strengthened by a number of new regional headquarters across the country, putting decision-making and investment at the heart of the communities that use these railways on a daily basis.

Secretary of Transport, Grant Shapps said:

“Our world-leading railways have served this country well for 200 years, and this is a major step in the reforms that will shape our network for the next 200 years.

“Great British Railways wants to create a truly sustainable, modern and equitable railway network for passengers and freight customers.

“I urge people across the country to play a key role in this once-in-a-generation reform and vote for our railways’ new home.”

The head of the Great British Railways transition team, Andrew Haines, said:

“Congratulations to Birmingham, Crewe, Derby, Doncaster, Newcastle and York for reaching the final stage of the Government’s competition to find the national headquarters of Great British Railways.

“Since the competition was launched, it’s been great to see the interest from cities across the UK who believe that GBR’s home should be with them. I’m really looking forward to the next step and see which city or town has the honor of be the home of GBR. Good luck for final 6. “

A whopping 42 towns and cities came forward to submit their bid to become home to GBR HQ. Applications were measured based on 6 key criteria:

  • adaptation to leveling goals
  • connected and easy to get to
  • options for GBR
  • railway heritage and connections to the network
  • value for money
  • public support

The creation of the GBR was announced as an important pillar in the one-off reforms launched in the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail just over a year ago.

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