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Hacked off


Steve Turner (NCE 25 January) repeats the error made by many national newspapers that Gerald Corbett resigned as chief executive of Railtrack in November.

He did not. He was sacked by the non-executive directors as I reported in the Independent on Sunday the following week.

Initially Corbett tendered his resignation in the aftermath of the Hatfield but this was rejected by the board. A month later, however, chairman Sir Philip Beck, sacked him because Corbett had lost the support of the non-execs.

Far from being a figure of public ridicule, Corbett had a lot of support from both within and outside the rail industry and his sacking did nothing to improve the situation.

Christian Wolmar, 72 Mercers Road, London N19 4PR

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