Prof. Stephen Glaister interviewed by Michael Lee

Michael John Lee

Oral history interview with Prof. Stephen Glaister, conducted and recorded by Michael Lee at the interviewee's home in London on 13 February 2019. Duration: 1 hr.13 min. 5 sec. Personal background; problem of growing rail subsidy; Margaret Thatcher; protecting unremunerative services; John Swift (Designate Rail Regulator); Office of Passenger Rail Franchising (OPRAF); Roger Salmon (Franchising Director); Railtrack; Regulator’s advisory panel; government objectives; vision of competition; Initial tasks for Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR); government focus on public expenditure; sale of Railtrack; West Coast Main Line (WCML) upgrade; Passenger Upgrade 2 (PUG2); service growth; rolling stock companies (ROSCOs)

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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