Adrian Caltieri interviewed by Michael Robson

Michael A. Robson

Oral history interview with Adrian Caltieri, conducted and recorded by Michael Robson at the Royal Over-Seas League, London on 11 February 2019. Duration: 1 hr. 36 min. 13 sec. Career; Management Trainee; thoughts on privatisation; InterCity East Coast Franchise Development team; performance regime and safety validation; interfacing with Railtrack; British Rail Infrastructure Services (BRIS); timescale for vesting of Railtrack; track access agreement; signalling strike; development of Schedule 4 (Possessions Regime) and Schedule 8 (Performance Regime); role of Access Implementation Group (AIG); East Coast performance regime; management buyout (MBO) bid; feelings on not qualifying for shortlist; Sea Containers; revenue growth and meeting customers needs; Sea Containers' other bids; Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) success; Railtrack relationships; Hatfield accident; Great Heck accident; customer loyalty following Hatfield; cumulative effect of accidents; views on privatisation; Strategic Rail Authority (SRA)

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.