Greening is new transport secretary

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The Freight Transport Association and the Road Haulage Association have congratulated Justine Greening on becoming secretary of state for transport.

Theo de Pencier, FTA’s Chief Executive, said:  “In the coming months we hope to impress on Ms Greening why the logistics sector deserves an unswerving political commitment to ensure its future success. We will be discussing with her ways in which we can better reap all the benefits that the sector brings.”

Kate Gibbs of the Road Haulage Association said “Coming from her role at the treasury she’ll be well aware of the issues around fuel, so it’s a move we welcome, and we welcome her.”

CILT chief executive Steve Agg said: “The average tenure of a Secretary of State for Transport over the last 50 years has been just 20 months; and, due to unforeseen circumstances, Philip Hammond has moved on after only 18 months in the job.”

“This is a vital appointment to both society and the economy which requires a concentrated and dedicated personality.  I wish Justine Greening good luck in her new role and hope that she will be allowed a period in office commensurate with the magnitude of the task in hand.”

“We hope that substantial investment in road, rail and port infrastructure will continue in order to facilitate efficient and economic operations, as well as stimulating future social and industrial developments,” said Agg.

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