Robert Goodwill, MP for Whitby and Scarborough, has replaced Stephen Hammond as roads minister, according to a report in Motor Transport.
Motor Transport describes this as "part of a series of changes that appear to increase ministers’ focus on rail services".
Stephen Hammond was appointed parliamentary under secretary of state for transport in September 2012, and since then has held responsibility for roads and road safety.
Robert Goodwill was born in North Yorkshire and has a 250 acre farm at Terrington near Malton, where the family have farmed since 1850.
Between 1999 and 2004 he was a Conservative MEP and in May 2005 was elected MP for Scarborough and Whitby. In 2006, he was promoted to the front bench, serving in the Opposition Whips’ office having departmental responsibilities for DEFRA business. In July 2007 he was promoted again to the post of shadow roads minister.
Mr Goodwill was re-elected in 2010 and was immediately appointed an assistant government whip; shortly after this, he was promoted to pairing whip in the Government Whips’ Office.