GB Railfreight (GBRf) has officially opened its new £3 million Peterborough HQ, which will accommodate its traincrew and office-based staff – including those in the 24-hour control centre, training and operations departments, and asset management team.
The building will also be used for training. There are three new classrooms and state-of-the-art simulators which will help the next generation of rail teams both locally and further afield. It is expected that this year will see 120 people develop their skills using the facility.
GBRf has said its new headquarters was built with sustainability and wellbeing in mind. Facilities include solar panels, electric vehicle charging points, and cycle racks as well as a catering hub and new shower facilities for its 24-hour teams.
Managing director of GBRf, John Smith, said: “The new Peterborough headquarters is one of GBRf’s single largest investments to date and builds on our ever-growing presence in the local community and commitment to regional development.
“As we build towards a brighter future, we want to foster the next generation of rail freight talent and our new headquarters will help us achieve this aim.”
Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris MP, officially opened the headquarters. He said: “It is a pleasure to open the brand-new GB Railfreight headquarters, which will provide future generations with the essential skills and knowledge for a successful career in rail freight.
“Our rail freight sector has kept our country and economy moving through the pandemic, and we will continue to support the growth of this key industry, particularly as we look to decarbonise transport and deliver net-zero by 2050.”