Prof. Andrew McNaughton interviewed by Michael Robson

Michael A. Robson

Oral history interview with Prof. Andrew McNaughton, conducted and recorded by Michael Robson at 1 Eversholt Street, London on 3 January 2019. Duration: 1 hr. 17 min. 53 sec. Career overview; Organising for Quality (OfQ); track renewals for the introduction of Eurostar trains 1994; standard possessions and standard works planning; South Eastern London Terminal; Networker introductions; development of Infrastructure 2000 initiative; safety validation; privatisation and staff discussions; changes in track quality standards; re-organisation; Production Manager Railtrack Anglia Zone; staff consultation; signalling strike; changing relationships; increase in interfaces; privatisation of Railtrack; Production Director Railtrack Headquarters; West Coast Main Line (WCML) upgrade; High Speed 2 (HS2); reflections on privatisation; need for holistic solution.

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.