Michael Woods interviewed by Brian Clementson

Brian Leonard Clementson

Oral history interview with Michael Woods, conducted and recorded by Brian Clementson at the interviewee's home in London on 24 June 2019. Duration: 1 hr. 18 min. 11 sec. Early career; industrial relations; Personal Assistant to Bob Reid 1; Organising for Quality (OfQ); Eurostar 1989-1996; Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR); AEA Technology 2001-2004; earlier privatisations; David Rayner appointed Lead Director for Organising for Quality (OfQ); European Passenger Services; move from subsidiary to privatisation; comparison with other recent infrastructure projects; representing Eurostar on project teams; Eurostar government owned company (GOCO) April 1994; Railtrack agreement with Eurotunnel; award to London & Continental Railways; Clapham accident involvement; safety investments panel formed; Safe Cess initiative; development of Safety Panels; Safety Management Intelligence System (SMIS) and Safety Risk Model (SRM); Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations (ROGS); Hatfield accident; Waterloo roof alterations; links between Railtrack and metro systems; analysis of original privatisation objectives

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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Courtesy of Michael Woods. 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.