The government has confirmed the appointment of Paul Maynard MP as the Rail Minister following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s reshuffle.
Paul Maynard, the MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, has returned to the role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport (DfT), which he previously held from July 2016 to January 2018.
The new Rail Minister takes the place of Andrew Jones, who held the role in Theresa May’s government from November 2018; the outgoing minister’s contribution was acknowledged by the Railway Industry Association (RIA), who described Mr Jones as a “strong supporter” of the industry.
Indeed, he was keynote speaker during the recent Railtex exhibition, where he spoke at an RIA event.
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Association, said: “I would like to say thank you to Andrew Jones, the outgoing Rail Minister, who has been a strong supporter of the industry during his time in office.
“We wish him all the best for the future.”
The RIA have worked closely with the new minister previously, and Darren Caplan said the Association are looking forward to working with him again.
He explained the industry’s hopes of working with the new minister.
“The RIA congratulates Paul Maynard on his appointment as Rail Minister. We worked closely with him from July 2016 to January 2018, when he previously held the role, and found him a passionate, engaging Minister who took great interest in rail supply and the work of the sector. We look forward to working with him again.
“Much has changed in rail since the Minister was last in the role, and with a planned rail industry restructure under the Williams Review, a devolution reorganisation at Network Rail and a five-year funding cycle beginning – all of which pose both opportunities and challenges to the companies that build, maintain and enhance our rail network – it is essential that we continue to build a healthy, sustainable, rail industry whilst all this is going on.”
Mr Maynard will work under the new Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps.