The boss of Go-Ahead has hit back at criticism of the transport giant after the co-owner of the company behind crisis-hit Southern Rail sparked anger for posting a surge in profits to almost £100m.
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It made no money from Southern last year and does not expect to do so this year either, so the business did not contribute to the £57m in operating profits posted by its rail division. Because of the problems on the network, Mr Brown, who took home £2.16m for 2014-15, has waived his annual bonus for the 2015-16 as well as a salary increase.
“If you’re a Southern commuter you might be upset if I’m making £100m from Southern, but I’m not,” he said. “At the moment that part of our business is being subsidised by the profit-making parts of the business.”