GTR Horton's out

15 June 2018

Charles Horton, chief executive officer of Govia Thameslink Railway, has been forced out of his job ahead of his appearance before MPs next week. The Go-Ahead Group announced today that Horton ‘has tendered his resignation’ but insiders say he was told to fall on his sword after a litany of failures, mistakes and desperately poor decisions made on his watch.


Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, said: ‘We’ve been calling for Mr Horton to do the decent thing, and step down, for a couple of years, ever since he tried to introduce driver only operation on Southern, without negotiation, and then took us to court – where he lost, after wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds of shareholders’ money.


‘Passengers loathe the company – and the man at the top – because of the chaos they have had to endure. And staff don’t like him, either, because he’s a desperately poor manager. Now, it seems, senior executives at GTR, and the board, have turned on him, too.


‘I think it’s only right that Chris Grayling, his partner in crime, and the man at the DfT who has done so much to support Charles Horton, steps down, too.’



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