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The minister is responsible for:

  • rail (including commercial, operational performance and community rail)
  • buses (including concessionary fares)
  • taxis
  • light rail and trams
  • smart ticketing (including rail fares and ticketing)
  • traffic management
  • regional and local transport (including local roads, maintenance, major projects, winter resilience)
  • natural environment and climate change
  • cleaner fuel and vehicles
  • sustainable travel (including walking and cycling)
  • accessibility and equalities
  • alternatives to travel
  • SMEs and growth

Current role holder: Norman Baker MP

Norman Baker was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport in May 2010. He is the Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes.


Norman was educated at The Royal Liberty School in Gidea Park and studied at Royal Holloway College, University of London.

Political career

  • Member of Parliament for Lewes, 1997 to present
  • Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment and Transport, 2002 to 2005
  • Shadow Environment and Rural Affairs Secretary, 2005 to 2006
  • Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 2007
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, 2007 to 2010
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport, May 2010 to present

Career outside politics

He held a number of jobs after leaving university, including Regional Director for Our Price Records and a teacher of English as a foreign language. He was elected as a local councillor in 1987 and in 1991 became the Liberal Democrat Leader of Lewes District Council.

Personal life

Norman is married to Elizabeth and they have 3 daughters. He is a keen record collector, an occasional singer in a 1960s rock band and hosts a local music radio show on Sundays.

Previous holders of this role


under the responsibility of The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

  1. Reducing greenhouse gases and other emissions from transport

    • 1 November 2012
  2. Managing, improving and investing in the road network

    • 3 October 2012
  3. Making transport more accessible to all

    • 3 October 2012
  4. Expanding and improving the rail network

    • 3 October 2012
  5. Improving local transport

    • 3 October 2012


by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

  1. Londoners benefit from revamped rail stations

    • 19 April 2013
    • Press release
  2. Cycle safety funding awarded to 78 schemes in England

    • 15 April 2013
    • Statement to Parliament
  3. New technology to cut road works red tape

    • 9 April 2013
    • Press release
  4. £15.9 million to improve Luton town centre transport network

    • 28 March 2013
    • Press release
  5. £16.3 million to tackle traffic congestion in Beverley town centre

    • 28 March 2013
    • Press release
  6. York to benefit from new £15.3 million transport funding

    • 28 March 2013
    • Press release
  7. £14.8 million to improve Loughborough town centre transport network

    • 14 March 2013
    • Press release
  8. Cleaner, greener transport, door to door

    • 14 March 2013
    • Press release
  9. Door to door strategy and multi-operator ticket guidance

    • 14 March 2013
    • Statement to Parliament
  10. Passengers reap rewards of revamped rail stations

    • 7 March 2013
    • Press release