John Stevenson MP is supporting Carlisle’s bid to house the new headquarters of Great British Railways, following the launch of a new nationwide competition in which the public will be able to have their say with an online vote.
The new HQ will see the home of our railways moved out of London, spreading opportunities, and levelling up communities across the country. Local economies will be further boosted by a number of regional headquarters, which will place decision making and investment at the heart of the communities who use those railways day-to-day.
The GBR Transition Team will shortlist the best applications in May, after which a public vote will help determine the winning location. Bids to house the new HQ will be measured against six criteria: alignment to Levelling Up objectives, connected and easy to get to, opportunities for Great British Railways, railway heritage and links to the network, value for money and public support.
This announcement follows the publication of the Levelling Up White Paper, which sets out the Conservative Government’s plan to transform the UK by spreading opportunity and prosperity, with improving transport a core driver of this mission.
John Stevenson MP said: “Carlisle’s strong, historical links to our nation’s railways make it an ideal location for the new Great British Railways headquarters and I will be backing their bid all the way. This HQ would bring new highly skilled jobs to the area, and I urge local residents, leaders, and business groups to get behind our bid.”
More information can be found here: https://gbrtt.co.uk/hq/