David Dodd interviewed by Anthony Richard Fearn

Anthony Richard Fearn

Oral history interview with David Dodd, conducted and recorded by Dick Fearn at the interviewee's home in Reading on 31 August 2018. Duration: 50 min. 17 sec. Overview of career; British Rail (BR) International marketing role in Paris; sectorisation; Organising for Quality (OfQ); franchising process; reaction to the split of Network SouthEast (NSE) Thames and Chiltern Division; decision not to join management buyout (MBO); joining Office of Passenger Rail Franchising (OPRAF); role of OPRAF; background of OPRAF colleagues; contract preparation; first franchise sales processes; first bidders; role in process; formation of Strategic Rail Authority (SRA); differences between OPRAF and SRA; conclusions on benefits of privatisation; passenger growth

One of over 150 oral history recordings made as part of the Britain’s Railway 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.