Frequently Asked Questions

This page contains the most often asked questions about the current competition to find a national headquarters for Great British Railways. We will add to this list as required.

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FAQs

The competition is being run to provide an opportunity for communities and their leaders to highlight and celebrate the proud railway heritage of many of Britain’s towns and cities, and the role they could play in the future as Great British Railway’s new home.

This invaluable insight will aid the Secretary of State in making their decision making on the location of the headquarters.

The national headquarters is expected to be home primarily to corporate functions and rail network-wide teams that will enable the regional and devolved teams to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.

In addition, the headquarters will require meeting and collaboration spaces that will allow people from across the GBR regions and the wider industry to come together.

The headquarters is expected to house a modest staff to undertake these activities.

We aren’t currently able to estimate the number of employees that will be located at the Great British Railway’s headquarters.

The national headquarters is expected to be home primarily to corporate functions, a number of rail network-wide teams that will enable the regional and devolved teams to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible.

In addition, the headquarters will require meeting and collaboration spaces that enable people from across the regions and industry to come together.

The headquarters is expected to house a modest staff to undertake these activities.

We aren’t able to give estimates of floor space requirements for the new Great British Railways headquarters.

The national headquarters is expected to be home primarily to corporate functions, a number of rail network-wide capabilities, and meeting and collaboration spaces that will allow people from across the GBR regions and the wider industry to come together.

The headquarters is expected to house a modest staff to undertake these activities.

We are expecting that the site will use an existing building preferably publicly-owned railway estate or other public owned estate, although alternative proposals may be considered.

The proposed sites will be taken into consideration within the value for money criteria that is outlined on the Great British Railways Transition Team website.

At this stage, the sites should only be proposed no discussions or agreements with site owners or existing staff/teams should be made until the successful applicant has been chosen. 

The headquarters needs to be in place by the time Great British Railways is established in the next few years.

Great British Railways will be made up of powerful regional divisions, bringing decision-making closer to the people and places that the railways service.

GBRTT is developing its approach to regionalisation, including location and people strategies, in partnership with the industry.

We aren’t able to give any details on regional headquarters until this work has been completed. 

To make it simple and easy for people who wish to vote and so that they are fully informed before they do, GBRTT will share the Expressions of Interest for applications that are put onto the shortlist.

We will also engage with the relevant local authorities before releasing the EOIs to ensure that sensitive information can be managed appropriately. We recommend that sensitive information is marked appropriately.