The salary paid to the boss of Southern rail has almost doubled to nearly £500,000 in a year of strike chaos and delays.
Charles Horton’s pay went from £263,000 in the firm’s 2015 financial year to £478,000 in the year to July 2, 2016, despite parent company Govia Thameslink losing more than £15 million.
Mr Horton also appears to have received £17,000 from old Southern rail entity Southern Railway Limited, bringing his annual total to £495,000
The rise was labelled “absolutely outrageous” by Liberal Democrat MP Tom Brake, whose constituency is served by the operator.
Nearly a third of Southern’s services were late last year, causing misery for more than 300,000 passengers. A long- running dispute over the role of conductors on trains has seen official and unofficial strike action.
Mr Brake, who has started a campaign to “sack” Southern and have the service run by Transport for London, added: “Passengers have suffered more than two years of constant disruption on Southern services.
“It is impossible to see how any increase at all is justified for Mr Horton or any other senior manager within Southern.”