Derby is putting itself forward to become the home of Great British Railways, as part of the Government’s national relocation and levelling up agenda.
Great British Railways (GBR) is a new public body, created in May this year, that will integrate all aspects of the rail network with an aim to make UK railways more efficient.
City leaders and politicians are coming together to back Derby’s vision and, along with Marketing Derby, Alstom, D2N2 LEP, Toyota UK and East Midlands Chamber, have now written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, to ask for the city to become its new home.
The letter comes just days after MP Pauline Latham showed her support for the move in the House of Commons.
Paul Simpson, Chief Executive of Derby City Council, said: “Derby has a two-hundred-year legacy as being the centre for the rail industry and geographically sits in heart of UK rail network. We welcome MP Pauline Latham’s support in the House to help champion our city to become the strategic home to help drive the transformation on UK rail.”
The bid is also supported by other local MPs including, Margaret Beckett MP.