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Preston joins bid to house Great British Railways headquarters

Posted on - 15th March, 2022 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News, Preston Railway Station, Transport, UCLan
County Councillor Aidy Riggott outside Preston Railway Station. Pic: Lancashire County Council

Preston has joined a government competition that will see the city compete to be the home of the Great British Railways HQ.

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Lancashire County Council has led the bid by submitting an expression of interest before organisers create a shortlist later this year.

Great British Railways is a new public body that will own the infrastructure, help run and plan the rail network and set fares and timetables.

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County Councillor Aidy Riggott, the cabinet member for economic development and growth at Lancashire County Council, said: “We’re bidding to bring this important new rail headquarters to Lancashire.

“If we’re successful, the Great British Railways offices would bring significant numbers of jobs and economic growth as staff relocate, with potential wider opportunities and benefits across Lancashire.

“Our bid builds on the work we’re doing with Preston City Council and the University of Central Lancashire to create a regeneration framework for the Station Quarter, which is a key area for development, as well as a transport gateway.”

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The national headquarters will have network-wide capabilities and house corporate functions and meeting and collaboration spaces.

The winning town or city will work with the government to understand the requirements and agree on a specific site.

Preston Railway Station is the central railway hub in Lancashire, with several lines providing connections across Lancashire.

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They include Blackpool to Colne and Carnforth to Chorley – and destinations including London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Midlands.

It will also be the main stop for HS2 services in the future, which will see improved links across Great Britain.

Work is currently underway to draft a Preston Station Quarter Regeneration Framework, setting out an ambition framework to guide the regeneration and redevelopment of the city gateway.

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The framework is being created in partnership with the county council, Preston City Council and the University of Central Lancashire.

As part of the bid and to gain backing for the plans, the county council have contacted organisations and businesses.

Residents can extend their backing by visiting – https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/council/strategies-policies-plans

For more information, visit – https://gbrtt.com/hq/



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