'A real kick in the teeth': Potters Bar MP on Network Rail boss honour

PUBLISHED: 14:29 12 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:36 12 June 2018

Oliver Dowden with Chris Grayling. Picture: supplied by Oliver Dowden

Oliver Dowden with Chris Grayling. Picture: supplied by Oliver Dowden

supplied by Oliver Dowden

Potters Bar's MP has added his voice to the concerns about Network Rail's boss receiving honours from the Queen.

The chief executive at Network Rail, Mark Carne, was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) on Saturday, June 9 in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Politicians and union leaders have objected to the CBE for services to the railway industry, at a time of severe rail disruption.

The Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, recently called Network Rail’s performance during this time “simply unacceptable.”

MP for Hertsmere, Oliver Dowden, has added his voice to the debate.

He told the Potters Bar edition that the the decision to award the honour would have been taken long before the timetable fiasco had happened, but added:

“The timing is a real kick in the teeth for commuters.

“I’ve been questioning Network Rail for months about their preparedness.

“Clearly they were not prepared and as I agreed with the Transport Secretary last week, once the inquiry is complete they will need to pay a price for it.”

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