Christopher Gibb interviewed by Frank Paterson (session 2 of 2)

Frank Paterson

Oral history interview with Christopher Gibb, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson (session 2) at Network Rail Headquarters, Waterloo, London on 14 March 2019. Duration: 2 hr. 4 min. 16 sec. Prism; Wales & West & Cardiff Valleys franchises; appointed Operations Director; optimistic bid assumptions; Class 14x Pacers; passenger growth; franchise bid process; Welsh Government; National Express bought Prism; appointed Managing Director; Strategic Rail Authority (SRA); Hatfield accident; Ladbroke Grove accident; Railtrack relationship; creation of Network Rail; Millennium Stadium development; Heart of Wessex line; rolling stock company (ROSCO) relationships; Class 158 issues; National Express Board; Managing Director Virgin Cross Country; Class 220 Voyager; transferred to Virgin West Coast; West Coast Main Line (WCML) upgrade; infrastructure shortcomings; changing relationships 1992-2002

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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Courtesy of Chris Gibb. 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.