Road bosses at the centre of the smart motorways scandal were last night accused of being ‘rewarded for failure’ as it emerged the number on six-figure salaries has risen by 50 per cent.
Data obtained by the Mail show 86 National Highways executives were raking in such levels of pay this year – up from 57 in 2018.
The figure at the government-funded, but privately-owned, authority was 72 last year.
The eye-watering sums come despite a pay freeze for many public sector workers.
And the revelation follows the Mail’s searing undercover investigation into safety at smart motorways. The rise was blasted by MPs and relatives of drivers killed on smart motorways.