Local MP is backing York’s bid to become the home of Great British Railways.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones is backing York’s bid to become the home of Great British Railways. York reached the shortlist of six whittled down from 42 bids for the headquarters. The public have now been invited to vote on which of the six they think deserves to host the headquarters.

Mr Jones commented: “York is such a strong contender because of the breadth of its skills in this area whether it is the rolling stock, engineering, planning or our digital future. This is why York is ideally placed to host the headquarters of Great British Railways and why, if it comes to York, it will be able to hit the ground running. York is already well-known as a railway city. It has been for decades as it hosts several large rail-related companies and leads the country in railway heritage.

”Bringing the HQ to the North will also play to the strengths of the Government’s levelling up agenda and, while there are many other good bids, none have this compelling mix of industry, history, heritage and geography. The strength of York’s claim is clear.”

Mr Jones support for the bid is one of many from our region including North Yorkshire County Council, York City Council and Labour MP for York Central, Rachael Maskell. He joined leaders from across the region to present the bid to Wendy Morton MP, minister for rail (pictured). The public can read the shortlisted submissions and vote for their preferred choice online here.