New transport secretary Justine Greening yesterday confirmed that she had no intention of overturning government policy blocking new runways at London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports.
She also refused to be drawn into giving an opinion on a new Estuary airport proposed by London mayor Boris Johnson. Greening was making her first appearance in front of the House of Commons Transport Committee and stressed that having been in the job only two and a half days she would not be making bold policy statements.
However, she confirmed that she would not be reviewing the decision by the Department for Transport to let the Thameslink rolling stock contract to Siemens made under former transport secretary Philip Hammond.
She also said that she intended to seek ways to reduce the public burden of subsidising Network Rail but was not prepared to go into more detail about how this might be achieved at this stage.