Andrew Jones, Conservative MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough has been confirmed as the new Rail Minister, following Jo Johnson’s decision to step down. Andrew was Exchequer Secretary to HM Treasury from 15 June 2017 to 8 January 2018 and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Transport from May 2015 to 15 June 2017. Andrew was elected the Conservative MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough in May 2010.
Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director of Nexus and Chair of the Urban Transport Group, said: “We welcome the appointment of Andrew Jones as Rail Minister.
“This comes at a crucial time for the rail industry, as the government conducts its ‘root and branch’ review into the country’s railways. Our network of cities had an excellent working relationship with Andrew Jones when he was previously a Transport Minister and he understands the rail issues that city regions face. We look forward to working with him once again and continuing to make the case for greater devolution of our rail networks so that they bring widespread benefits to the passengers and communities which they serve.”