Andrew Pitt interviewed by Frank Paterson

Frank Paterson

Oral history interview with Andrew Pitt, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson at HS1 Ltd. Head Office, York Way, London on 1 April 2019. Duration: 2 hr. 05 min. 17 sec. Training; Golden Rail; railcards; Operational Research; Saatchi & Saatchi; Marketing Manager Regional Railways South Wales & West (RRSW&W); service revisions process; Office of Passenger Rail Franchising (OPRAF); Roger Salmon (Franchising Director); developing Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC); railcard protections; franchise termination arrangements; Section 30; rolling stock companies (ROSCOs) regulation; bidders; Class 390 Pendolino; Virgin Cross Country brand; South West Trains (SWT); passengers in excess of available capacity (PIEXAC); bid decision process; team qualities; Commercial Director/Managing Director SWT; vertical-integration views; ATOC

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.