Clifford Perry interviewed by Brian Clementson
- Brian Leonard Clementson
Oral history interview with Clifford Perry, conducted and recorded by Brian Clementson at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Birdcage Walk, London on 14 May 2018. Duration: 1 hr. 46 min. 11 sec. Career overview; attitude to privatisation; technical and people issues arising from privatisation; staff concerns; papers delivered to Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMECHE); necessary expertise existing; future commercial opportunities; transition management; safety issues critical; Clapham accident response; new attitudes to risk; safety cases; national incident record; maintenance schedules efficiencies; Managing risk versus costs in British Rail (BR) role; new rolling stock introduction safety; Class 165 issues; clear contractual arrangements between companies responsibilities for wheel and rail post-privatisation; more rigorous risk management; rolling stock companies (ROSCOs); personal impact of privatisation; railway running through process; intellectual property ownership; different approaches required due to franchise turnover; safety implications; setting-up ROSCO exciting; dealing with lawyers/banks/insurance companies; Angel Trains; culture change over time; involvement of banks and asset values; supply chain and their readiness for privatised railway; reflections on 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
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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.
- Science Museum Group