Jeremy Long interviewed by Charles Devereux

Charles Devereux

Oral history interview with Jeremy Long, conducted and recorded by Charles Devereux at the interviewee's office in MTR Corporation Headquarters, London on 10 January 2019. Duration: 53 min. 53 sec. Early career; awareness of potential rail privatisation; research and prepared first bids; London, Tilbury & Southend (LTS); Prism Rail; Alternative Investment Market (AIM) company; GB Railways; Anglia Railways; cost base; supply chain; working with rolling stock companies (ROSCOs) and Network Rail; innovation within Anglia; Norwich-Cambridge service; Class 170; open access; working with trade unions; creation of GB Railfreight; John Smith; sale of GB Railways to First Group; GB Railways involvement in first overseas bid; reflections on Anglia Railways; aftermath of Hatfield and transition to Network Rail; leaving First Group to join MTR; MTR group bid with Chiltern Railways (Adrian Shooter) for London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL); unsuccessful bid for Pendeltog; Stockholm Metro

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
Courtesy of Jeremy Long. 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.