Gordon Pettitt interviewed by Frank Paterson (session 2 of 2)

2018-05-17 in Woking
Frank Paterson

Oral history interview with Gordon Pettitt, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson (session 2) in Woking on 17 May 2018. Duration: 1 hr. 26 min. 42 sec. Retirement from Managing Director Regional Railways; management seminars; creating awareness of parliamentary process; Office of Passenger Rail Franchising (OPRAF); encouragement of management buyouts (MBOs); reactions from participants; Organising for Quality (OfQ) financial systems facilitated subsequent privatisation; personal satisfaction from running seminars; reactions of participants to MBO opportunities; advisory roles; Advisor to John Swift (Rail Regulator); guidance to Rail Regulator from Secretary of State for initial period; track access agreements; Stephen Glaister; OPRAF and Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR) roles; External Board Member to ORR; Advisor to British Airports Authority (BAA) Heathrow and Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) planning; John Prideaux (Managing Director Union Railways); North London Line to St Pancras option rejected; comparison between High Speed 1 (HS1) and High Speed 2 (HS2); Railtrack incentives to improve reliability; personal assessment of implementation of privatisation

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
Britain's Railways All Change
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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.