Belfast Telegraph

'Wave of anger' over fresh rail disruption and train firm boss's pay

Rail passengers have suffered fresh travel disruption as a row flared over the pay of a train company executive.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said there was a "wave of anger" over disruption and the pay of Charles Horton, chief executive of Southern's owners Govia Thameslink Railway.

His pay was £495,000 in the year to July 2016.

There was chaos at Brighton station on Sunday evening because of delays and cancellations, scenes repeated at London Waterloo on Monday because of a points failure.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "Brighton station was reduced to total chaos last night after the city's marathon due to a wholesale management failure and the news today that there's a continuing pay bonanza in the Southern boardroom will unleash a fresh tidal wave of anger.

"Guards fighting for public safety for the past year have been abused and threatened and it's about time this company got its priorities right and got back round the table and negotiated a settlement with the unions that guarantees the second safety-critical member of staff on their trains."

RMT members on Southern staged their 31st strike on Saturday in a year-long dispute over staffing and driver-only trains.

A spokesman for Southern said: "We apologise for the delays people experienced on the Brighton Main Line yesterday.

"Unfortunately there were a number of incidents affecting the service including several infrastructure failures in London and a broken down train at Preston Park station. All of these contributed to delays and cancellations, leading to crowding at Brighton station and on board both Southern and Thameslink services."