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Swindon organisations support rail HQ bid

Open letter sent to Secretary of State
By Sarah Pearce,

Sixteen organisations in and around Swindon have signed an open letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, to demonstrate their full support for the town becoming the home for the new public body responsible for running Britain’s railways.

Educational establishments joined major employers such as Zurich and Nationwide and others in writing to Mr Shapps to outline why they think Swindon would be the ideal location for the GBR HQ.

“You will already know that Swindon is one of England’s most important historic railway towns,” the letter said. “In the 1840s a greenfield site near the market town was transformed by the Great Western Railway. At its height, the GWR works in Swindon was one of the largest railway engineering complexes in the world.”

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