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Lord Peter Hendy appointed Transport Minister

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Lord Peter Hendy CBE, chairman of Network Rail, has been appointed as a Minister of State for Transport by 10 Downing Street.

He will join the Department for Transport and is expected to be involved in the formation of Great British Railways.

Lord Hendy has been chairman of Network Rail since July 2015 and, before joining the organisation, was previously commissioner of transport for London from February 2006

Commenting on the news, RIA Chief Executive Darren Caplan said: “On behalf of the Railway Industry Association and its members I would like to congratulate Lord Hendy on his appointment as Minister of State at the Department for Transport.

“Lord Hendy is a distinguished transport professional and public servant, and it is rare to have an incoming minister with such a high level of operational experience and expertise even before starting the role. This should give him key insights as he takes the many decisions he will have to make in his new position.

“We in UK rail all know Lord Hendy recognises the importance of the railway in delivering the economic growth which is needed across the nations and regions of the UK.”

Andy Bagnall, CEO of Rail Partners CEO said: “Rail Partners and its members hope to work as collaborative partners with Lord Hendy in his new role to create a customer-focused railway. At a time when urgent rail reform is required, we need all parts of the railway to pull together to deliver for passengers and freight customers.”

Lord Hendy’s appointment comes after Prime Minister Keir Starmer made Louise Haigh Secretary of State for Transport. She served as Shadow Secretary of State for Transport from November 2021 until last week’s election and, in April, announced Labour’s plans to renationalise the British rail network.

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