Peter Trewin interviewed by Dick Fearn

Anthony Richard Fearn

Oral history interview with Peter Trewin, conducted and recorded by Dick Fearn at Sheffield Park, East Sussex on 1 June 2018. Duration: 59 min. 24 sec. Overview of railway career; initial thoughts in privatisation; Policy Unit; influencing and steering privatisation; EC Directive 91/440; formation of Railtrack; meeting with John MacGregor (Secretary of State for Transport); Bob Reid 2’s tenure; Select Committee Report; appointment of Bob Horton; British Railways Board (BRB) and Railtrack Board relationship; role at BRB Residuary; Railfreight Distribution (RFD); formation of Strategic Rail Authority (SRA); responsibility for Channel Tunnel contract; role of Board Secretary

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.