Wendy Morton - Minister visit Railways

Rail Minister Wendy Morton MP visited Crewe as the town steps up its bid to be the home of new Great British Railways Headquarters.

She visited South Cheshire yesterday (July 15) to see some of the sites that are key to the town’s rail industry.

Sites visited include the Avanti Rail Academy, Locomotive Services and the location for the Crewe Hub Station.

Ms Morton had the chance to take part in a VR experience to see what the finished project would look like.

The visit was the chance for Crewe to set out why it is the best location to be the home of Great British Railways – the new rail operator from 2023.

It is on a shortlist of six towns and cities bidding to win the GBR headquarters, including York, Newcastle, Derby and Doncaster.

Cllr Sam Corcoran, Leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “It was our opportunity to show everything that Crewe has to offer and I hope the Minister now sees how rail is right at the heart of Crewe and that Crewe is at the heart of the railways.

“Our long history in rail, dating back 185 years means to this day we have the expertise, skills and infrastructure needed to make GBR a success.

“The likes of the Avanti Rail Academy and Locomotive Services show that while we are proud of this history, our connection to rail today is as strong as ever.”

Wendy Morton with CEC leaders during Minister visit

The final decision on which town or city will be the home of the headquarters will be made later this year by the Secretary of State.

One factor considered as part of the decision is a public vote, which is open now and people are being urged to vote for Crewe by going to www.gbrtt.co.uk/vote

Dr Kieran Mullan, MP for Crewe and Nantwich, said: “There’s few places in the country as closely linked to the railways as this one and I’m sure all of our passion for it shone through.

“Bringing GBR to Crewe is key for the town’s levelling up and while it would have huge benefits for the town, our strong connectivity would mean the benefits could flow out around the wider region and to the country as a whole.”

Wendy Morton - Minister visits Crewe

Cllr Craig Browne, Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council said: “I’d like to thank all of our partners who supported this visit.

“One of the things we have to offer to Great British Railways is the collaboration we have across the town when it comes to rail.

“It’s only with them we can show everything Crewe has to offer.

“Rail is right at the heart of Crewe and bringing Great British Railways to the town would be a fitting next chapter in our rail story.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This is fantastic news for Crewe.

“Our world-leading railways have well-served this country for 200 years and this is a huge step in our reforms.

“As one of the first railway towns in the world and proudly sitting on the HS2 route, Crewe has all the potential to help shape our network for the next 200 years and level up the lives of its residents and communities.

“Great British Railways will create a truly sustainable, modern and fair railway network for passengers and freight customers.

“I’m calling on people across the country to play a key part in this once-in-a-generation reform and vote for the new home of our railways.”

The public vote runs until August 15 2022 with a final decision on the location for the headquarters later this year.

You can vote for Crewe by visiting this website and back the bid by using #HeartOfRail on social media.

One Comment

  1. So the final decision, as we always knew it would be, will be made by the secretary of state so no amount of public voting will have any influence on a decision that has already been made. It’s just yet more PR fluff to avoid the public questioning the £200,000,000,000 (yes that’s the right amount of noughts) being spent on HS2.

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