Three more transport ministers named

Updated 11.25

Three more ministers have been appointed at the Department for Transport to assist transport secretary Louise Haigh, following last week’s general election.

All three new arrivals are Parliamentary under-secretaries.

They are Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South (roads minister), Mike Kane, MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East (aviation, maritime and security minister), and Simon Lightwood, MP for Wakefield and Rothwell (local transport minister).

Ms Greenwood, who was first elected in 2010, has served on the Transport Select Committee and was also a shadow transport minister under opposition leader Ed Miliband between 2011 and 2015.

The appointments follow the news that Network Rail chair Peter Hendy has become a minister of state at the DfT, with the portfolio of rail minister.

Paul Tuohy from the Campaign for Better Transport, said: ‘We welcome the appointment of these able and passionate new ministers to the Department for Transport team. We’re particularly pleased to see Sir Peter Hendy, who brings a lot of external experience, and Lillian Greenwood, former chair of the transport select committee, given prominent roles within the department and look forward to working with them.

‘This new team must, in the words of secretary of state for transport, “move fast and fix things” by addressing the future of rail capacity and long-term bus funding reform as a priority.’

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