Patrick McLoughlin has retained his role as secretary of state for transport in David Cameron’s new cabinet following the general election. And he will come under renewed pressure from the industry on a number of key transport issues.
Karen Dee, FTA director of policy said: “Mr Cameron’s new Government needs to ensure that logistics is given the attention it deserves. Its policies must ensure the industry can be as efficient and effective as possible in support of businesses and consumers in the UK. FTA is the leading trade association representing the operators and customers of all modes of freight transport – road, rail, water and air. Our objective is to ensure that the UK has a safe, efficient and sustainable supply chain, and we sincerely hope that the new Government will support us in these goals.”
RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: “With one party forming a government we look forward to forging clearer and closer relationships with ministers and officials. In December 2014 George Osborne recognised the acute nature of the driver shortage and confirmed his understanding of the problem during an election campaign visit to an RHA member. Without the targeted funding that is so desperately needed to alleviate this major issue, the future of the UK haulage industry will be seriously compromised and the subsequent effects on the economy unthinkable. We now demand that the new Government puts its money where its mouth is and puts the issue at the top of its priority list.”
FSDF Chief Executive Chris Sturman said: “At least we know from Day One, the direction our newly elected Government will take, and it is also reassuring that David Cameron has moved fast to confirm that a substantial number of Ministerial and Cabinet posts will remain in seasoned and experienced hands who are already well established and up to speed with their appointment briefs. This augurs well for Business Continuity, and should also enable new recruits from the Back Benches taking up new lower Ministerial briefs to hit the ground faster than on previous occasions.
British International Freight Association director general Robert Keen said: “We have seen more than 40 transport secretaries since the Second World War, and three in two years prior to the appointment of Mr McLoughlin in September 2012. So, BIFA sees his reappointment as a welcome sign of continuity in the Department. We hope that under his leadership, we will see some joined-up thinking on the many issues that affect our members, including capacity concerns in the UK’s aviation industry, the state of UK road infrastructure; investment in the railways and strategy on port and harbour developments.”
Heathrow Hub, which wants to see expansion at expand Heathrow by extending the northern runway, welcomed the re-appointment of Patrick McLoughlin. Director Steve Costello said: “We congratulate Mr McLoughlin on his re-appointment as Transport Secretary and have today written to him to set out why we believe Heathrow Hub is the most deliverable option for airport expansion – both financially and politically. As the cheapest Heathrow option, estimated to be some £13.5 billion, Heathrow Hub would not require public financing and would result in huge economic benefits that will spread across the UK, over and above that which would result from expansion at Gatwick.”