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CASH FOR RAIL DELAYS

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Selby-based architect David Ward has called on Railtrack to pay him £50,000 in compensation for lost time and unnecessary hotel bills stemming from rail delays over the last four months. Ward, the director of 36-strong practice DWA, estimates that more than half of his practice's work is in the South East and arrived at the figure after calculating the man-hours spent on stationary trains and being stuck in stations as well as extra costs such as taxis. After the Hatfield rail disaster in October, the journey time from the DWA office in Yorkshire to clients in London more than doubled from three hours to six and a half hours. Ward said that the cost could have sunk a smaller practice.

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