George Muir interviewed by Richard Malins

Richard W. Malins

Oral history interview with George Muir, conducted and recorded by Richard Malins at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London on 1 June 2018. Duration: 50 min. 1 sec. Early career; Connex South Eastern; Director General Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC); lobbying and running schemes; train operating company (TOC) parent companies representation; inherited experience and knowledge from British Rail (BR); Rail Settlement Plan (RSP) challenge; BR legacy systems; policy tensions; TOCs and Railtrack; National Performance Task Force set-up; writing book; BR management analysis; prior experience of privatisation; Railtrack unrealistic objectives; politicians; media; rail users; safety; Ladbroke Grove accident; Grayrigg accident; Potters Bar accident; Hatfield accident; trade unions; reflections

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.