Network Rail bosses given honours
Two bosses of under-fire rail infrastructure company Network Rail (NR) have been awarded MBEs in the New Year Honours.
NR's over-running engineering work led to chaotic scenes last Saturday with King's Cross and Paddington stations in London having to be closed.
NR's western route managing director Patrick Hallgate, whose responsibilities include routes in and out of Paddington, gets an MBE for services to the economy in south west England.
Also awarded an MBE, for services to the rail industry, is NR's south east route managing director David Ward.
His responsibilities include routes in and out of London Bridge station where work on the Thameslink rail project has meant the station being closed from December 20 to January 4.
NR's chief executive Mark Carne and other NR top bosses have faced heavy criticism for their handling of the Christmas engineering work.
Yesterday, Mr Carne said he would not be taking his annual performance-related bonus for 2014/15, which could have given him as much as £135,000.