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(Daily Mail)

David Ward, Network Rail’s route managing director for the south-east, has been given an OBE for ‘services to the rail industry’ in the New Year honours list, the Guardian reported.

[“OBE for Network Rail manager who oversaw Christmas chaos in London”, Rowena Mason and Mark Tran, the Guardian, 31 Dec 2014]

[…] Days before Christmas Ward was quoted in a Network Rail press release as saying the company’s new technology and working practices meant it could “keep lines open while our people work safely alongside, causing much less disruption than would otherwise be the case”.

A second Network Rail executive, Patrick Hallgate, who oversees the western routes, received an MBE for services to the south-west economy. Before Christmas he asked passengers to “bear with us over the Christmas period as we undertake this extensive improvement work to create a better railway for passengers and those living near to the railway line”.

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Written by beleben

December 31, 2014 at 11:54 am

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  1. There is no reason why public sector workers shouldn’t receive (usually modest) honours when it is merited. More troubling is the tendency for knighthoods and damehoods to be bestowed upon celebrities whose main achievement is to have become well recognised – “Dame Angelina Jolie” being a recent egregious example.

    p.s. I too am available for charity work if supplied with five-star hotels, Michellin-starred meals, multiple gifts, first-class tickets, free promotion of my commercial activities and generally treated like a king.

    matthew jones

    December 31, 2014 at 6:23 pm


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