Jesse Norman MP has taken on the role of secretary of state for roads, local transport and devolution at the DfT.

The MP for Hereford and South Hertfordshire's new responsibilities include road freight, Highways England and transport technology, in effect replacing John Hayes MP.

Norman previously worked as an under secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

He made his first appearance in the role last week (26 June) when he met with Transport for the North’s chairman and chief executive.

Following the visit, he said: “The great towns and cities of the north have a proud history of pioneering new transport developments, and an exciting future as part of the Northern Powerhouse.

"I look forward to working closely with Transport for the North as it identifies its transport priorities to help drive economic growth in the region.”

Former roads minister Hayes - who it was previously thought would retain his freight role - remains at the DfT with responsibility for transport legislation, following a reognisation of duties after the general election.

His role includes liaison and coordination with parliament.He is also responsible for skills in the transport sector.