Government plays down reports GBR and Derby HQ will be scrapped

The Government is playing down national newspaper reports that the formation of Great British Railways (GBR) could be scrapped - just weeks after Derby was named as the home of the new headquarters of the body. GBR is supposed to be in charge of a restructured railway, replacing Network Rail and overseeing the infrastructure as well as tickets and timetabling.

After a long selection process, Derby beat off competition from five other well-known historic rail centres[1] and a transition team has been starting work to bring the headquarters to the city. It is unlikely that any change of heart will be well-received in Derby.

A report in The Times suggests that the Government has "quietly scrapped" plans for GBR and that it won’t feature in the upcoming King’s Speech in autumn, which means that the all-important legislation needed to transfer control to GBR will potentially not find time to be approved in Parliament before the next General Election, due at the very latest by January 28, 2025.


  1. ^ Derby beat off competition from five other well-known historic rail centres (
  2. ^ host the GBR headquarters was originally delayed from last autumn (
  3. ^ which will only have a fraction of the powers of then-PM Boris Johnson’s original blueprint. (
  4. ^ Mid Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham, who championed Derby for the headquarters almost two years ago, (
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