Roger Ford thinks the competition to find the location of the new headquarters for Great British Railways is a distraction, but I think it is good politics. The contest has already achieved the objective of creating the illusion that various areas have a shout at winning this mysterious prize. I say mysterious because nobody knows how big the HQ will be, 50 people or 500 people? Actually, since it is Government it might be 5,000.
RULES OF THE GAME
I was going to review all the submissions, but I found more interesting things for you to read, so I have grouped them as shown in the table. In making the decision we must consider the criteria, where railway heritage will certainly be trumped by cost-effectiveness.