Poll: Network Rail bosses get £600,000 bonus payouts

A train has been cancelled.

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FOUR top Network Rail (NR) bosses have been awarded bonuses totalling more than £600,000.

Under the long-term incentive plan, finance director Patrick Butcher has been handed £168,000, while network operations managing director, Robin Gisby, and infrastructure projects managing director, Simon Kirby, both get £158,400.

Group strategy director Paul Plummer picks up £148,400.

The payments are being made despite the fact NR has faced widespread criticism from rail regulators over the performance of the railways.

The bonuses are based on the company’s performance between 2009-12, and could have been higher but NR said 20% had been cut “to take account of specific safety and train performance issues”.

Commuters travelling from Ipswich to London Liverpool Street currently pay £5,840 a year for the privilege, and their journeys are regularly beset by delays.

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