Terence Worrall interviewed by David Maidment

David John Maidment

Oral history interview with Terence Worrall, conducted and recorded by David Maidment at the interviewee's home in Ramsbury on 22 October 2019. Duration: 1 hr. 7 min. 34 sec. Early career; St Pancras; Management Trainee; Assistant Area Manager; Operations Director British Railways Board (BRB); Organising for Quality (OfQ); preparing for privatisation; safety case validation; BRB attitude to privatisation; politics; retirement; Transmark; Ladbroke Grove accident; Hatfield accident; infrastructure interface; Railtrack safety function; rolling stock safety; Managing Director Thames Trains; signals passed at danger (SPADs); electrification; safety implications of privatisation; Class 153 door safety; InterCity door locking; Cannon Street accident; industry acceptance of safety; safety management since privatisation

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.