Northern Class 158 crosses Dent Head Viaduct on the Settle & Carlise line (Photo: Tony Miles)

UK: The government formally launched the competition to select the location of the future headquarters of Great British Railways on February 5.

Places in Great Britain which are outside London and which have strong historical links to railways are encouraged to make a case for why they should be selected.

Applications will be measured against six criteria:

  • alignment with the government’s ‘levelling up’ objectives;
  • being connected and easy to get to;
  • opportunities for Great British Railways;
  • railway heritage and links to the network;
  • value for money;
  • public support.

The GBR Transition Team is to shortlist the best applications in May, after which a public vote will help to determine the winning location.

Local leaders in Crewe, Derby, Doncaster, Swindon and York have previously expressed interest in hosting the headquarters.