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Network rail have sacked 65 staff for being drunk or on drugs since 2017

NETWORK FAIL

RAIL chiefs warning tipsy travellers to take care have sacked 65 staff for being drunk or on drugs.

Network Rail bosses urged revellers to be careful following a spike in booze-related incidents.

But it has sacked 65 staff since 2017 over the issue, figures show.

Documents obtained by The Sun on Sunday show dozens of the rail operator’s own staff have got into trouble for boozing or taking drugs.

The papers show 65 have been fired for “incapability due to drugs or alcohol” since 2017, including 28 this year.

Dr Richard Peters, Network Rail’s chief medical officer, said: “As a safety conscious company, we will not tolerate staff being impaired through drink or drugs.

“We have clear rules and testing in place and a tiny (0.1) percent of staff have failed those tests over the past three years, and appropriate action was taken.”

The rail operator says its directly employs 41,715 staff.

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