Wendy Morton, MP, the Rail Minister visited York on 25 July 2022 as part of the York bid to become the home of Great British Railways (GBR).
Andy D’Agorne, Executive Member for Transport and Green Councillor, present at the event, said: “the railways are a key part of a major modal shift in transport. We need to move more travel and goods transport off the road and out of the air and onto rails. Having GBR located in York will be a vital part of York leading the way in this.”
York is located at the heart of the British rail network at the crossroads between key north–south and east-west lines. It is an ideal location for the headquarters of GBR and the day was spent demonstrating this to the Minister and to show her all that York has to offer.
York is not only a key location in the history of rail as demonstrated by the National Railway Museum; it is also a key location for the future of rail. York is pioneering effective and efficient transport systems that are essential to the future of rail. York has the potential to be a global rail supercluster and is already home to 100 rail companies leading railway research, innovation and sustainability. York is also home to Active Travel England and the epicentre for decarbonised transport systems in the UK.
It is hoped that GBR headquarters would be located within the York Central development which is adjacent to its iconic and historic station and thus at one of the key intersections of the national rail network.
The competition for the location of GBR is still open and you can access it and participate by giving your vote to York here: https://consultations.gbrtt.co.uk/great-british-railways/gbr-hq-vote/