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Network Rail boss' £675k salary

The new Network Rail chief executive has been named as Mark Carne, who will start on a basic annual salary of £675,000 - nearly £100,000 more than his predecessor Sir David Higgins, the company has announced.

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Network Rail boss salary set after 'exhaustive process'

Network Rail said former Shell executive Mark Carne would succeed Sir David Higgins and will take over on April 1 next year, as chief executive.

The company said father-of-three Mr Carne would be on a basic annual salary of £675,000, £100,000 more than his predecessor.

Network Rail has faced constant criticism recently over train punctuality, with repeated warnings by rail regulators about its performance, particularly on long-distance routes.

Mr Carne's base salary of £675,000 was determined following an exhaustive and independent process which compared the salaries of chief executives in both the public and private sectors given Network Rail's unique position as a not-for-dividend, independent company.

The review concluded that the proposed salary reflected that unique status placing, as it does, the chief executive's salary at a point between the two sectors.

Mr Carne will not take any potential annual incentive payment for 2013/14.

– Network Rail

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