Louise Haigh gets to work on improving transport

The new Transport Secretary has set out five key priorities to deliver the biggest overhaul to transport in a generation.

The Secretary of State Louise Haigh convened officials to begin work across the department on rail reform, further devolution of bus powers, ensuring infrastructure works for the whole country, and supporting local authorities to fix roads for the long term.

In her first address to Department for Transport (DfT) staff, Haigh set out her strategic priorities, putting transport at the heart of mission-driven government.

They include driving forward rail reform, improving bus services and growing usage across the country, transforming infrastructure to work for the whole country, and delivering greener transport.

The Transport Secretary’s first official visit later this week will be focused on plans to deliver better buses in every corner of the country, beginning a round of engagement with Mayors and devolved leaders who will be key delivery partners.

Transport Secretary, Louise Haigh, said: "It will take all our effort but the new motto of our department – our purpose – is simple: move fast and fix things.

"Our department is so clearly central to achieving the missions for government that the Prime Minister has committed us to.

"Growth, net zero, opportunity, women and girls’ safety, health – none of these can be realised without transport as a key enabler."

Haigh said DfT would "think about infrastructure and services together at every turn".

In her address to staff, she also said the department would ‘focus relentlessly’ on improving performance on the railways and introduce ‘much-needed rail reform’.

The newly-appointed Rail Minister, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill will also bring decades of experience to help realise the government’s ambition of transforming infrastructure and improving public transport to deliver for passengers.

In addition, the Prime Minister has announced the appointment of new ministers at the Department, including Future of Roads Minister Lilian Greenwood MP, Local Transport Minister Simon Lightwood MP, and Aviation, Maritime, and Security Minister Mike Kane MP.

The Transport Secretary will shortly be attending the Privy Council to be officially sworn in as Secretary of State.

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