New UK Transport Secretary Unveils Five Strategic Priorities for Overhauling Transportation in a Generation

Transport Secretary Louise Haigh has outlined her strategic vision for the biggest overhaul to transport in a generation, setting out five key priorities to put transport at the heart of a mission-driven government. In her first address to Department for Transport (DfT) staff, Haigh emphasised the need for urgent action and a proactive approach to improve the UK’s transport networks.

Haigh’s five strategic priorities include improving performance on the railways and driving forward rail reform, enhancing bus services and growing usage across the country, transforming infrastructure to work for the whole country, delivering greener transport, and better integrating transport networks. The Transport Secretary is determined to move fast and fix things, recognising that transport is central to achieving the government’s objectives in growth, net zero, opportunity, women and girls’ safety, and health.

In order to achieve these goals, Haigh will focus on collaboration with Mayors and devolved leaders, starting with a visit this week to discuss plans for delivering better bus services across the country. The newly-appointed Rail Minister, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill CBE, will bring decades of experience to help realize the government’s ambition of transforming infrastructure and improving public transport for passengers.

Haigh emphasised the importance of integrating infrastructure and services, saying that the DfT would “think about infrastructure and services together at every turn.” She also acknowledged the need for a relentless focus on improving railway performance and introducing much-needed rail reform.

The Prime Minister has also announced the appointment of new ministers to the Department, including Future of Roads Minister Lilian Greenwood MP, Local Transport Minister Simon Lightwood MP, and Aviation, Maritime, and Security Minister Mike Kane MP.

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