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Great British Railways

Question for Department for Transport

UIN 117913, tabled on 3 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what criteria is being used to decide the headquarters of the Great British Railways organisation.

Answered on

9 February 2022

A competition to select a national headquarters for Great British Railways, to be based outside of London, ensuring skilled jobs, investment and economic benefits are focused nationwide, has now been launched.

Six selection criteria will be used to inform, support and complete the selection process. These will be:

  1. Alignment to Levelling Up objectives
  2. Connected and easy to get to
  3. Opportunities for Great British Railways
  4. Railway heritage and links to the network
  5. Value for money
  6. Public support

The GBR transition team will shortlist the best applications in May, after which a public vote will help determine the winning location.

More details on each of the criteria are given within the ‘Guidance to Applicants’ on the GBRTT website, available at the following link.