MP: New Rail HQ can ‘level up’ Eastleigh


Eastleigh MP Paul Holmes launches campaign to bring new rail HQ to Eastleigh

Eastleigh’s MP Paul Holmes says siting Great British Railways new HQ in Eastleigh would ‘level up’ the town and provide a major economic boost for the area.

Following the Government announcement inviting railway towns to bid to be the home of the new Great British Railway (GBR) Headquarters, Paul Holmes has written to the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to promote Eastleigh as leading contender.

Holmes who has launched a campaign to support his bid, says a move to Eastleigh by GBR – the new public body to manage the railways – would provide hundreds of job opportunities for local people and provide a major, much needed boost for the Solent economy.

In his letter to the Transport Secretary, Paul Holmes outlined Eastleigh’s proud historic links with the development of the Railways and how the area is served by excellent transport links.

He also revealed that average earnings in the town are lower than the average for both England and the South of England and said that locating the new HQ here would help bridge the earnings gap.

In a statement the MP said:

“Eastleigh is a proud railway town with an impressive history dating back to 1838. Our town would be the perfect location for the new headquarters of Great British Railways.”

“We need to level up across the country and Eastleigh urgently needs extra investment and regeneration, especially in the town centre.

“I believe making Eastleigh the new home of Great British Railways would bring exciting new job opportunities and provide a major economic boost.”

The competition for the new headquarters of the Great British Railways will open soon for bids and submissions.

Paul Holmes is being supported in his bid by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership.

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