Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Andrew Jones named as new rail minister

andrew jones

Conservative MP Andrew Jones has been named as the new minister in charge of rail, replacing Jo Johnson who resigned last week over Brexit.

Jones, who is MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, was previously exchequer secretary to HM Treasury, and served as Parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Transport (DfT) from May 2015 to June 2017.

Railway Industry Association (RIA) chief executive Darren Caplan said: “It is an exciting time to join rail, a sector that contributes more than £36 billion to the economy, employs some 600,000 people and generates around £11 billion in tax revenue a year. With a new Control Period beginning in April and a number of major projects on the horizon, including Crossrail, HS2, the Trans Pennine Route Upgrade, Northern Powerhouse Rail, Crossrail 2 and East West Rail, there are a number of opportunities for rail businesses on the horizon.

“However, the industry still faces the challenges of ‘boom and bust’ rail funding, keeping electrification an option as we seek to decarbonise the network and preparing for a changing international regulatory and trade landscape as the UK prepares to leave EU.”

Like what you’ve read? To receive New Civil Engineer’s daily and weekly newsletters click here.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.