Dr. John Prideaux interviewed by Frank Paterson (session 2 of 2)

Frank Paterson

Oral history interview with Dr. John Prideaux, conducted and recorded by Frank Paterson (session 2) at the interviewee's home in London on 14 May 2019. Duration: 2 hr. 10 min. 1 sec. Move from Intercity to New Ventures; Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL) route; privatisation discussions with Malcolm Rifkind; Roger Freeman; New Ventures remit; Heathrow Express; Bill Bradshaw input; CTRL political disagreements; review of route specifications; Arup; relationships between British Rail (BR) and local authorities; Union Railways established; environmental issues; awareness campaign; terminus and station decisions; industry reaction when leaving BR; effects on personal life; future career options; Nomura; rolling stock companies (ROSCOs); Guy Hands; joining Angel Trains; reflections on career; Class 390 Pendelino; Chairman Manchester Tram System; Chairman Ffestiniog Railway

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.


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Courtesy of John Prideaux. 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.