Graham Hewett interviewed by Gordon Dudman

Gordon John Dudman

Oral history interview with Graham Hewett, conducted and recorded by Gordon Dudman at the interviewee's home in Surrey on 7 March 2018. Duration: 1 hr. 42 min. 1 sec. Civil Service career; joined Network SouthEast (NSE) 1990; privatisation; London, Tilbury & Southend (LTS) shadow franchise directorate set-up as experiment; Conservative Party outsourcing dogma; preparation of legal agreements; Boston Consulting Group impact on Treasury thinking; splitting up freight; freight customers threat to acquire open access rights; businesses sold together; transferring passenger assets; authorisation and validation process; ScotRail; documentation requirements; resolving issues; Waterloo & City line; station branding change; transfer of staff Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE); company structure; LTS ticket fraud; reducing role of British Railways Board (BRB); Railfreight Distribution; complexity of privatisation; micro-franchising; risk; Waterloo & City; privatisation focused attention on value for money

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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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.