Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the DfT, with responsibility for road safety.
Mr Jones replaces Robert Goodwill* as road safety minister, though Mr Goodwill remains at the DfT with specific responsibility for HS2 Phase 1.
Andrew Jones is from Ilkley, and attended Bradford Grammar School and Leeds University, and worked in sales and marketing for Bettys and Taylors of Harrogate.
He was elected the Conservative MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough in May 2010, and since then has been a Parliamentary Private Secretary on the health, business and transport teams.
He has also chaired the Northern Electrification Taskforce which provided the Secretary of State for Transport with advice on the next steps for electrification of railways in the North of England.
Mr Jones’ portfolio also includes responsibility for local and national roads and Highways England.
In other appointments at the DfT, Patrick McLoughlin has retained his role as Secretary of State for Transport and will oversee transport strategy, including economic growth and climate change, the spending review, transport security and high speed rail.
In addition, Claire Perry has been re-appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, retaining responsibility for rail franchising, commercial, fares, major projects (including Crossrail), freight and logistics, transport agencies, corporate and better regulation.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon has also joined the DfT, again as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State. He will also work for the Home Office.
John Hayes, who previously had a national roads, Infrastructure Bill and maritime portfolio, has moved to the Home Office as Minister of State with responsibility for security.
*Apology from editor: in an earlier news piece we wrongly announced that Robert Goodwill was to continue as road safety minister – we jumped the gun and apologise for this error!