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Chris Grayling appointed as new transport secretary

Date: 14 July 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Chris Grayling has been appointed as transport secretary by new prime minister Theresa May.

Grayling takes over from Patrick McLoughlin, who had been in the role since 2012, and oversaw several large-scale projects including the new Crossrail railway line between Reading and Essex, the planned HS2 rail link and a large-scale investment into the country's roads.

Immediately before becoming transport secretary, Grayling acted as May's leadership campaign chief.

Other changes within the cabinet include ex-foreign secretary Phillip Hammond replacing George Osborne as the chancellor of the exchequer, while former mayor of London, Boris Johnson, fills Hammond's old role.

"A new prime minister and changes to the cabinet could mean a change of priorities. Motorists have in recent years benefitted from a prolonged fuel duty freeze and a focus on upgrading the strategic road network. But what motorists need in this era of uncertainty is clarity that the Government will continue to be on their side,"  said the RAC's Nick Lyes. "This means helping motorists, businesses and the economy by not increasing fuel duty, and sticking with the long-term vision of investment for our strategic road network. Traffic volumes are now at record levels and to avoid gridlock the RAC seeks assurances that the Road Investment Strategy will continue to be implemented in full, and that guarantees for investment beyond 2020 will be kept."

"The Government will also have decisions to make about implementing clean air zones and improving road safety. Given the important part Britain's 38 million motorists play in the country's economic health, prioritising their needs is absolutely essential," he added.