Chris Green interviewed by Frank Paterson

Frank Paterson

Oral history interview with Chris Green, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson on 19 September 2018 at King’s Cross Offices, London. Duration 1 hr. 56 min. 31 sec. British Rail (BR) trainee 1965; Area Manager Hull; 1977 South West Divisional operations; trade union power; Operations Manager ScotRail; Managing Director (MD) London & South East sectors 1986; Network SouthEast (NSE) small team until 1991; matrix organisation; first 100 days of NSE; relationship with David Mitchell (Minister of Transport); Organising for Quality (OfQ); Managing Director (MD) InterCity; NSE and InterCity comparison; InterCity brand; preparing for privatisation; passenger satisfaction high; politicians’ refusal to debate; focus on quality; reducing train crews; John MacGregor (Secretary of State for Transport) TV announcement; privatisation model; relationship between government and the Board; oversaw 7 profit centres; keeping the InterCity brand post-privatisation; development of Great Western franchise; return to Scotrail 1993; English Heritage and consultancy experiences; Virgin Managing Director; last days of InterCity; good working relationship with (Richard) Branson; Virgin CrossCountry and West Coast franchises; implementation of privatisation in short period; Gatwick Express; impact on individuals; career highlights

One of over 150 oral history recordings made as part of the Britain’s Railways All Change (BRAC) archive project. BRAC was set-up to cover gaps in documenting the railway privatisation process in the United Kingdom, between 1994 and 1997, when the government-owned British Rail was dismantled into over 100 privately-owned companies. The interviews capture the recollections of people involved in the planning and implementation of the privatisation process, the management of change and running the railway during privatisation.


Oral Histories
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oral history interview
Britain’s Railways All Change (BRAC) oral history archive, created in partnership with the Friends of the National Railway Museum, the Retired Railway Officers’ Society and the National Railway Museum.