Michael Jones interviewed by Charles Devereux

Charles Devereux

Oral history interview with Michael Jones, conducted and recorded by Charles Devereux at the interviewer's home in Cambridgeshire on 22 May 2018. Duration: 1 hr. 28 min. 9 sec. Early career; management training in Sheffield Division; Manager Poplar Docks; political activity; Chartered Institute of Transport (CIT) report; Serpell Report; private haulage; General Motors Class 59; National Business Manager for petroleum; Malcolm Rifkind (Secretary of State) 1990; privatisation reports; 1992 manifesto; accounting structure; sectorisation; moderation of competition; British Rail Telecommunications (BRT) 1990; John Drake; management buyout (MBO) tutorials; sale to Racal; Great Western franchise; failure of bid; Hull Trains; Renaissance Trains; Railtrack open access paths; conflict with West Anglia Great Northern (WAGN); Great North Eastern Railway (GNER); hostile environment; Hatfield accident; Operational Research Computerised Allocation of Tickets to Services (ORCATS) issues; Strategic Rail Authority (SRA); high passenger satisfaction

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.


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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.

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