Derby on track to become home of Great British Railways

Derby is in the running to become the new home of the public body responsible for running the nation’s railways.

The city is one of six to be shortlisted as a potential location for Great British Railways’ (GBR) new HQ.

The other shortlisted cities are Birmingham, Crewe, Doncaster, Newcastle and York.

In October last year, the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps announced a competition to find a location for the GBR headquarters outside of London.

42 towns and cities across the country expressed an interest in becoming GBR’s new home.

Historical ties with railways and good train connectivity to other places were among the criteria used to decide the shortlist.

Will Rogers, managing director of East Midlands Railway, said: “We are proud to support Derby’s bid to become the new home of Great British Railways and welcome their inclusion in the national shortlist.

“Derby is our home, an historic centre of railway excellence and well located in the heart of the Midlands, providing excellent transport links to towns and cities across the country.

“We look forward to the public vote, formal visit and the opportunity to showcase why Derby would make an excellent home for Great British Railways.”

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