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Crewe Alexandra Chairman Urges Fans To Back Town's Bid For Rail HQ

18 July 2022

Charles Grant has urged Crewe Alexandra supporters to back the town’s bid to become the new headquarters of Great British Railways.

Crewe has been shortlisted along with five other towns and cities to be the location of Great British Railways' new base.

Members of the public have until August 15 to register their votes, which will play a crucial role in determining the site of Great British Railways’ new headquarters.

The Chairman hopes that fans will make their voices heard to help bring major investment and improvements to the town.

Charles said: “Crewe has unrivalled railway heritage and it has been in the blood of local people for generations. That heritage is reflected in our club’s nickname The Railwaymen, which is something we are very proud of.

“Our club has always been an active member of a great local community, and winning the right to be the home of Great British Railways would be a massive boost for the town bringing significant benefits.

“I’m sure everybody in the area shares my view that Crewe is the natural home for Great British Railways overseeing rail travel from next year, and I’d like to encourage our loyal supporters to place their votes to help make it happen.”

Great British Railways is planned to take over the running of the country’s railway system from Network Rail next year.

Cheshire East Council’s bid for the HQ to be in Crewe has made the final shortlist, along with Newcastle, Derby, Doncaster, York and Birmingham.

Each bid will be measured on a number of criteria, including fitting in with ‘levelling up’ objectives, being connected and easy to get to, having railway heritage and links to the network, offering value for money and winning public support.

Cheshire East’s bid explains that attracting Great British Railways to Crewe ‘would be the catalyst for the regeneration of the area’ with investment in the town's roads, pavements and cycle lanes, plans to grow housing, and developing 'clear career pathways' for young people among the potential benefits.

Government Ministers and Great British Railways representatives will visit each of the shortlisted towns and cities to gain a greater understanding of each place.

You can back Crewe's bid by visiting the Great British Railways website and casting your vote here.

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