Southern rail chief's £495,000 pay in crisis-hit year

Library photo: Charles Horton speaks to ITV News Meridian in November 2016 Credit: ITV News Meridian

The chief of crisis-hit Southern rail network has been paid £495,000 during a year in which the service was crippled by strikes and tumbling profits.

Charles Horton, chief executive of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), pocketed £478,000 in pay in the last financial year, while also earning £17,000 from Southern Railway Limited, the groups' accounts showed.

News of his pay comes amidst an ongoing industrial battle between Southern and the unions over driver-only operated trains, which has forced disruption on millions of passengers.

A spokesman for the group said: "As a matter of policy we do not discuss the remuneration of any of our employees."