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NETWORK RAIL has been accused of wasting taxpayers’ money after the latest figures revealed that staff had spent nearly half a million pounds on taxis and private hire journeys in the last two years.

The longest trip shown was a 176-mile trip costing £461 from Tunbridge Wells in Kent to Derby.

In total, staff at the Network Rail, which runs Britain’s rail infrastructure, claimed money for 31,401 cab journeys between April 2015 and March 2017.

The cab bill has since come under fire from the Taxpayers’ Alliance campaign group and spokesman John O’Connell, said:

Millions of us have suffered from Network Rail incompetence. To find out that taxpayers have been subsidising hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of taxi journeys and business-class flights, feels like a kick in the teeth.

A spokesman for Network Rail, responding to the £461 taxi bill, said: “This was a one-off situation as we looked after a member of staff who went out of their way, hundreds of miles from home, to keep the railway running. The vast majority of the travel undertaken by our people is by rail and we have a ‘rail-first’ policy.”

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