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11.05.15

McLoughlin to stay on as transport secretary

Patrick McLoughlin is to stay on as transport secretary, the prime minister has announced.

McLoughlin was originally appointed to the post in 2012 Cabinet reshuffle, and is the longest-serving transport secretary since Alistair Darling (2002-06).

Shortly after taking on the role, McLoughlin had to cancel the award of the InterCity West Coast franchise to FirstGroup due to flaws in the way the civil service had calculated the risks for each bid.

An early priority now he has been reappointed will be overseeing the decision process on the Northern and TransPennine Express franchises.  

He will also lead on the government’s plans for HS2 and potentially HS3. Crossrail 2 will be another major project that will fall under his brief.

(Image source: Stefan Wermuth/PA Wire)

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