Charles Brown interviewed by Richard Goldson

Charles Richard Browne Goldson

Oral history interview with Charles Brown, conducted and recorded by Richard Goldson at the interviewee's home in London on 13 June 2018. Duration: 1 hr. 39 min. 50 sec. Economist Policy Unit 1989; demand growth; first thoughts about privatisation; Bob Reid 1; Bob Reid 2 Radical Decentralisation privatisation model; privatisation work suspended 1989; Malcolm Rifkind; Infrastructure Separation model 1991; Privatisation Studies Unit set-up; British Railways Board (BRB) internal politics; White Paper; John Palmer; Designate Regulator; Designate Franchising Director; Railways Bill; secondment to Designate Rail Regulator; Railtrack regulation; John Swift QC; government objectives; trade unions; financial objectives; reflections on privatisation; passenger demand growth

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.