Railways boss dodges bonus query

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The head of Network Rail (NR) has refused to say whether he will be turning down his annual bonus following the over-running of Christmas engineering work which created weekend travel chaos.

NR chief executive Mark Carne is in line for an annual performance-related bonus of up to 20 per cent of his salary which would amount to a bonus of £135,000.

On BBC Radio 4’s World At One programme, presenter Edward Stourton repeatedly asked Mr Carne whether he would be taking the bonus.

Speaking from Truro in Cornwall, where he had been holidaying, Mr Carne said that at the moment the maximum he was likely to get would be five per cent of his annual salary of £675,000.

But he said that any bonus would be a matter for NR’s remuneration committee and there was far more important things to discuss.