Janet Goodland interviewed by Michael Lee

Michael John Lee

Oral history interview with Janet Goodland, conducted and recorded by Michael Lee at the interviewee's home in Bedfordshire on 21 October 2018. Duration: 1 hr. 9 min. 59 sec. Personal background; 1992 election; Network SouthEast (NSE); joining Railtrack as Head of Strategy and Planning; preparations for split from British Rail (BR); splitting BR/Railtrack finances; handling mega schemes; Crossrail; Channel Tunnel cross-London services; Heathrow Express; Don Heath (BR Director Projects); Geoff Maynard (NSE); working relationships; West Coast Main Line (WCML) project; Thameslink; King's Cross interchange; Railtrack; Office of the Rail Regulator (ORR) access charges review; developing balance sheet; Railtrack licence; verification; contract with Office of Passenger Rail Franchising (OPRAF) for Thameslink; managing Railtrack; John Edmonds; Gerald Corbett; reflections; going into administration

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.