With 42 submissions from places across the UK it was announced today that York has made the Government's final shortlist of 6 places under consideration to be the new home of Great British Railway
Responding to the good news, Councillor Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said:
This is excellent news, and following work with partners, residents and businesses across the city, York's place on this shortlist is nothing less than well-deserved.
"Our city’s strengths are obvious, we have the perfect site in York Central, situated in the centre of the city and located next to York Rail Station, which in turn is at the heart of the largest rail cluster outside of London and the South-East.
"To locate GBR here will not only mean investment in York, but also the Yorkshire and Humber economy, representing a real opportunity to deliver levelling up, with 320 of the most deprived communities in the UK within an hour’s train journey of the city. With our rich rail heritage and growing rail sector and skills based in the city, York is the obvious choice. We now need the public to throw their continuing support behind our bid and to bring rail back home to York”.