Allison Ingram interviewed by Frank Paterson

Frank Paterson

Oral history interview with Allison Ingram, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson at the HS1 Ltd. Head Office, York Way, London on 1 April 2019. Duration: 2 hr. 18 min. 41 sec. Station Manager Grove Park 1987; female staff experiences; Assistant Area Operations Manager Brighton 1989; relationships; analysis of performance; Service Group Manager Wales & West 1990; Gordon Pettitt; Class 158; Paul King; service patterns; train crews support; Class 14x Pacers; impact of privatisation 1993; split of Cardiff Valleys; John Swift; Roger Salmon; John Edmonds; Office of Passenger Rail Franchising (OPRAF); Roger Salmon; organisational culture; Railtrack sale priority; performance regime; Operational Research input; negotiations with Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR); Michael Beswick; involvement with shadow train operating companies (TOCs); development of service requirement; track access; Infrastructure improvements incentives; West Coast Main Line (WCML) InterCity 250; moderation of competition; Operational Research Computerised Allocation of Tickets to Services (ORCATS); open access; sale of TOC franchisees; vetting bidders; East Coast franchise; vetting bids; employment status

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.