Rail boss won’t take bonus after East Coast disruption

Network Rail boss Mark Carne.
Network Rail boss Mark Carne.

Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne has said he will not take his bonus, following recent major rail disruption.

Mr Carne was in line for a maximum bonus of £34,000, or around 5% of his £675,000 annual salary.

Overrunning Christmas engineering work led to the closure of London King’s Cross station on Saturday, causing chaos for thousands of people on the East Coast Main Line.

Normal service had resumed by Monday.

Mr Carne said: “I am accountable for the railways and the performance (over Christmas) was not acceptable, so I have decided that I should not take my bonus this year.”

The work at King’s Cross was part of a Network Rail engineering programme running over the festive period.

Thousands of people were unable to travel after overrunning engineering work led to the closure of King’s Cross station on Saturday, while Finsbury Park station in north London - which was being used as a temporary terminal - had to be shut for a time due to overcrowding.