Great British Railways: Headquarters

Transport – in the House of Commons on 9th September 2021.

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Photo of Pauline Latham Pauline Latham Conservative, Mid Derbyshire

If he will outline the process for selecting the location of the headquarters of Great British Railways.

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The formation of Great British Railways is still in its early stages. The location of its headquarters will be considered in due course.

Photo of Pauline Latham Pauline Latham Conservative, Mid Derbyshire

The Minister will be aware of the central role that Derby has played in the history of British rail transport. Derby has also invested in the future of the industry, with local businesses helping to develop the UK’s first hydrogen trains. Does he agree that that combination of pedigree and potential would make Derby an excellent location for the new headquarters of Great British Railways?

Photo of Chris Heaton-Harris Chris Heaton-Harris Minister of State (Department for Transport)

My hon. Friend knows my affection for Derby, which I represented for 10 years in the European Parliament. She is right that Derby has played an important role in the history of rail in this country. I have heard her sales pitch this time and previous times loud and clear, but I have to say that the location of GBR’s headquarters will be considered in due course.