Chris Stokes interviewed by Frank Paterson

Frank Paterson

Oral history interview with Chris Stokes, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson at the National Railway Museum, York on 12 June 2019. Duration: 1 hr. 55 min. 41 sec. Deputy Director Network SouthEast; joining Office of Passenger Rail Franchising (OPRAF); team recruitment process; relationships with Brian Mawhinney (Secretary of State for Transport); OPRAF policy decisions; track access agreements; Chiltern Trains; performance bond; rolling stock companies (ROSCOs); moderation of competition; John Welsby; franchise process; initial revenue growth; bidder market development; London, Tilbury & Southend (LTS) management buyout (MBO); ROSCO sale process; bid analysis; Ivor Warburton; sleeper services; passenger transport executives (PTEs); Save our Railways; relationships with Department for Transport (DfT); quality improvements; franchising system shortcomings; John Prescott; Strategic Rail Authority (SRA); Alastair Morton; culture change

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.