Wakefield: A home for Great British Railways


Wakefield Council in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority has submitted a bid to become the new national headquarters of Great British Railways.

A competition to provide the national home for Great British Railways, a new organisation to run the railways, has been launched by the Government. The location must be outside of London to support levelling up another part of the UK through investment and skilled job creation.

Wakefield’s bid is backed by Tracy Brabin the Mayor of West Yorkshire, Cllr Denise Jeffery Leader of Wakefield Council, alongside Leaders of all the West Yorkshire Local Authorities.

Wakefield’s bid sets out why the city’s unrivalled connectivity by road and rail, access to a strong pool of talent, regional railway heritage, and opportunities to further support the regeneration of Wakefield’s city centre make it the ideal home for Great British Railways.

Securing Great British Railways for Wakefield will be a powerful driver for our recovery from the pandemic and will see the arrival of high value, well-paid jobs into the district. It will also give West Yorkshire a strong voice in setting the national agenda for rail travel, supporting the Mayor of West Yorkshire’s priority to improve rail across the region and ensure West Yorkshire has a transport network fit for the 21st century.

Back Wakefield’s bid

West Yorkshire’s business community and residents are encouraged to get involved and back Wakefield’s bid.

Tell us why you think Wakefield is the best choice for Great British Railways….

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