Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Rail Boss: Driving Home From Cornwall Was "Easier" Than Getting A Train

Submit this page to reddit

2:02pm 30th December 2014

The man in charge of the UK's railways admits he drove home from Cornwall - because it was easier than getting a train.

Mark Carne is the head of Network Rail and has been under fire after spending Christmas near Falmouth, while thousands of passengers were stuck in rail chaos because engineering work over-ran.

He said: "I drove back last night with three kids and two dogs - it was an easier way to make it, actually.

"I always travel by train when I am travelling around the country but when you've got pets and things over the Christmas period it's sometimes easier to take the car.

"I was in full contact. In this modern day and age with telephone and email and so on, I was in full contact.

"I totally agree it would have been better if I had been there on the day, but I wasn't and that's life.

"We've had a really difficult period over Christmas. Thousands of passengers were disrupted and it was a totally unacceptable performance. That's why I have instructed there should be a full review of what happened, not just into those particular problems but more broadly about the timing of the sort of work we had planned over Christmas and Boxing Day period.

"In order to keep the railway safe and to improve its reliability, we have to do this work."

The Office of Rail Regulation has launched an investigation into what went wrong, while the Department for Transport said it was "extremely disappointed" and had requested an explanation.

Some commuters were left to queue for two or three hours in order to catch a train while Kings Cross and Paddington were shut for several hours.

Passengers at Finsbury Park, where some services were diverted, complained of being "locked in"  at the station due to overcrowding.

"Apparently we can't leave the station because too many people are trying to get in to get on the train we just got off! Mexican standoff!" wrote Dean Pugh on Twitter.

Mr Carne has issued an apology for the chaos and says an internal investigation has been launched.

2:02pm 30th December 2014

Share This Story

Submit this page to reddit

Contact Us

If you would like to submit a query or provide more information on this story please get in touch below.

: : Name: Email: Phone number: Message: Images:
Please wait...
  • Up to 3 JPG or PNG images, 2MB max size
  • We will always endeavour to credit you when we publish your pictures.
  • By uploading you are agreeing to this non-exclusive reuse, royalty-free, across all Pirate FM platforms, which extends to our partner broadcasters.
  • You retain copyright to all images.
  • If you would like to send us a video, please upload to YouTube or similar and paste the video URL into the message above.
Suggested articles
space 2

Hopes for Cornwall spaceport get one step closer

A new space industry bill has been passed...

hayle crash 3

Young man dies after crash on A30

The Hayle bypass was closed for most of the night

Top articles

BREAKING: Amber weather warning for snow across Cornwall

Cornwall News: It's expected to cause drifting and traffic trouble...

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Britain and allies plan next steps against Russia

National News: The Government is preparing further moves against Russia following a day of tit-for-tat action over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal. 

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Monty Python star Terry Gilliam says #MeToo movement has 'got silly'

Showbiz News: Hollywood director and Monty Python member Terry Gilliam has hit out at the #MeToo movement, arguing that while some women have suffered sexual harassment, others have used perpetrators to further their careers.

Britain and allies plan next steps against Russia

World News: The Government is preparing further moves against Russia following a day of tit-for-tat action over the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal. 

Darron Gibson arrested after incident in Sunderland

Sports News: Sunderland midfielder Darron Gibson has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving following a car crash, according to Sky sources.

'Cyborg' fined after implanting Sydney travel card chip under his skin

Strange News: A self-declared "cyborg" has been fined after he was unable to produce his travel card on request - because it had been implanted in his hand.

Newer article

Cornish Heroes Recognised In New Year's Honours

Cornwall News: They include the man who built Cornwall's children's hospice - and the volunteer coastguard who battle to ensure nobody was killed during the Boscastle floods

Older article

VIDEO: Cornwall News Headlines - 30th December 2014

Cornwall News: It’s been revealed that the patient undergoing a number of tests, including for Ebola at Truro’s Royal Cornwall Hospital has recently returned from a “high-risk ebola area.” Find out more from the Cornwall Newscentre with Tristan Hunkin.

Pirate Extra Pirate 70s Escape LoveCornwall