Mark Evans interviewed by Frank Paterson

Frank Paterson

Oral history interview with Mark Evans, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson at the National Railway Museum, York on 27 November 2019. Duration: 1 hr. 34 min. 26 sec. Early career; Station Manager Gatwick; re-organisations; Passenger Manager Waterloo 1994; revenue protection; Network SouthEast (NSE); Area Manager Portsmouth; Isle of Wight railway; Chris Green; Area Manager Woking; Clapham Junction accident 1989; sectorisation; Waterloo Retail Manager; South West Trains (SWT); Privatisation Manager; Office of Passenger Rail Franchising (OPRAF); management buyout (MBO) team; Rail Regulator; Longform Report; due diligence process; workload; preferred bidders; Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) arrangements; Stagecoach; redundancies; National Express; bids; staff reactions to 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.