Saturday, October 23, 2021

Doncaster bids to house new Great British Railways HQ

Doncaster Council has bid to become the destination of the new Great British Railways HQ in an ongoing competition.

Announced by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, the competition aims to provide the new Great British Railways (GBR), bringing jobs and investment outside of London.

“I believe that Doncaster is best placed to bring rail back to the people it serves. With an extensive rail history of over 150 years of engineering excellence in the rail sector, Doncaster is a national hub for rail industry manufacturing and infrastructure,” said Doncaster elected Mayor, Ros Jones.

“We have world class rail and engineering education and training facilities here and a skilled workforce, bringing together the hearts, hands and minds of the Great British Railway.

“Our geographic location and transport links are perfectly situated at the heart of the British rail network servicing a massive area of the country.

“Doncaster also has one of the best transport and logistics hubs in England, an international airport that has huge expansion capacity and potential and is located near to i-port hubs.

“Our northern location makes Doncaster a prime spot to become a linchpin for Government plans on levelling up, improving opportunities for people here in innovative, high wage, high productivity industries.

“We have high ambitions here in Doncaster and a track record for getting on and getting things done which is just what this industry needs.”

On Doncaster Council’s announcement to bid, Nick Fletcher MP said: “Doncaster is a proud railway town with a vibrant, growing economy. We built the Mallard here and the Flying Scotsman too, as well as many other trains. One of Doncaster’s predecessor MPs, Sir Edmund Beckett, is credited with developing the railways and bringing them to Doncaster.

“I fully support Doncaster Council applying to be the home of Great British Railways. Bringing the railways back home to Doncaster would fit into our history.

“Doncaster’s local economy is buzzing with talent and we are ready to take advantage of this exciting opportunity. I think Doncaster has a strong case which I will champion in Westminster. Let’s get on with the job and make it happen.”

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