facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

U.K. rail minister chided over limo

Jan. 6, 2013 at 10:22 AM   |   Comments

LONDON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A transportation department spokesman says Britain's railroad minister travels to work by limo rather than train for security reasons.

Simon Burns, minister of state for transportation, raised eyebrows when it was revealed he was commuting from the London suburbs by car at the same time ordinary Britons were facing a new round of train fare increases.

The Department of Transportation explained Burns did not really have the option to ride the rails because he frequently handled confidential documents during his commute and could not take the chance of having some random straphanger looking over his shoulder.

"The minister of state does not have a home in London but uses his commute to work on official papers and so travels in a car provided by the government car service for security reasons," a department spokeswoman said.

Burns' personal travel arrangements irked some critics since he was behind a new 4.2-percent increase in the price of train tickets, The Guardian said.

"This is a pathetic response," said Christian Wolmar, president of Railfuture, an advocacy group for rail customers.

Wolmar added government ministers are allowed to carry classified documents on trains as long as they take precautions to avoid snoopers. "One has to ask if he is a suitable person to be a rail minister if this is his attitude to our railways," he said.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Patient admitted to hospital with potential Ebola virus Patient admitted to hospital with potential Ebola virus
2
Body of missing Realtor Beverly Carter found Body of missing Realtor Beverly Carter found
3
Conservative darling Ben Carson considering 2016 bid Conservative darling Ben Carson considering 2016 bid
4
$900,000 Porsche Spyder catches fire at gas station $900,000 Porsche Spyder catches fire at gas station
5
State rests in Michael Dunn case State rests in Michael Dunn case
Trending News
x
Feedback