Grant Shapps appointed as Transport Secretary

Grant Shapps has been appointed Transport Secretary as the new Prime Minister Boris Johnson forms his cabinet.

Mr Shapps was previously minister of state at the Department for International Development and is also a former chairman of the Conservative Party. He is Member of Parliament for Welwyn Hatfield in Hertfordshire.

In his new role he will oversee a number of major projects concerning rail including Crossrail, HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, East West Rail, Crossrail 2, Transpennine Route Upgrade, London Underground Deep Tube, and Midlands Rail Hub.