James Morgan interviewed by Richard Malins

Richard W. Malins

Oral history interview with James Morgan, conducted and recorded by Richard Malins at MTR Crossrail, Saint Mary Axe, London on 22 January 2020. Duration: 1 hr. 46 min. 13 sec. Early career: Divisional Civil Engineer Exeter and Newport; Valley Lines; Area Civil Engineer Glasgow; Infrastructure Manager Network SouthEast (NSE) South Western; Organising for Quality (OfQ); Zone Director South Western Railtrack; contract negotiations with British Railways Board (BRB); performance regime; station assets; incidents and derailments; cost and staff cuts; left Railtrack; Jeremy Long; GB Railways; dissatisfaction with Railtrack; rolling contact fatigue; Association of Train Operating Companies; Hatfield accident; John Nelson; Mike Jones; Hull Trains; Robin Gisby; Estonia franchise; Interim Managing Director First Capital Connect; European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Sponsor Network Rail; Wessex Alliance; Chris Stokes; London Projects Director Railtrack; Thameslink 2000; British Rail flexibility; cost escalation; Williams Review; reflection on early problems with Railtrack

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.