Blackpool North MP Paul Maynard has been awarded a top ministerial position by new Prime Minister Theresa May.
As under secretary, he will be responsible for major rail projects, rail safety and security, passenger services, transport funding, accessibility, and rail fares and ticketing.
I’m very, very honoured to be asked and I’m certain there will be a big challenge ahead of me in transport
He said: “I’m very, very honoured to be asked and I’m certain there will be a big challenge ahead of me in transport. There will be no lessening of my work in my own constituency - I will just have to work that bit harder.
“I’m always keen to make sure that no matter what situation I find myself in I continue to work on behalf of the people I represent.
“It will be a great challenge and an opportunity to serve my constituents and the country.”
Mrs May announced a number of ministerial positions over the weekend.They included Penny Mordaunt and Mike Penning, who became ministers at the Department for Work and Pensions and Ministry of Defence.