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Oral history interview with Donald Jary, conducted and recorded by David Wharton-Street at the interviewee's home in Carlisle on 18 September 2019. Duration: 2 hr. 43 min. 15 sec. Early career; rationalisation of divisions; sectorisation; liaising with Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) and Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive (MPTE); Greater Manchester Council (GMC); Lancashire Country Council; Cheshire County Council; Chris Stokes; John Edmonds; Provincial North West interfaces; Service Group Manager Northern Provincial Eastern; David Wharton-Street; Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Executive; introduction of Pacers; problems led to low availability; reporting lines; station and service improvements; Maryport; Sellafield station funded by British Nuclear Fuels (BNF); Metrocentre; relationships with Cumbria County Council; reorganisation of London Midland Region Area Managers; proposed Settle & Carlisle line closure; relationships; Organising for Quality (OfQ); Total Quality Manager Regional Railways North West (RRNW); Chris Leah; Total Quality Management (TQM) Leadership 500; Leadership 5000; Occupational Health & Safety Act; Health & Safety at Work Act; Environmental Protection Act; implications of privatisation legislation on RRNW; creation of Train Operating Units (TOUs) from 1994; Railways (Safety Case) Regulations 1994; role as Policy Advisor to the TOU Director; Disabled Persons Protection Policy; interface with PTEs; Railtrack stations and station licenses; interfaces with other TOUs; Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC); member of British Railways Board (BRB) Safety Validation Panel; Terry Worrall (Director of Safety); joining Department for Transport (DfT)’s Advisory Group on Rail Accessibility; North West Trains (NWT); Great Western Holdings; trade union reactions; Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (ASLEF); geographical and service changes after privatisation; Merseyrail Electrics; First Group purchase of Great Western Holdings; franchises contiguous with NWT; First Group and management of NWT; new roles; South Manchester modernisation scheme; industry co-operation; introduction of new rolling stock; re-alignment of franchises; franchise bids 2004; Abellio Northern Rail customer service improvements; combining North West and North East franchises into Northern Rail; TransPeninne; track access agreement; Abellio train service improvements; ticketing; ATOC; ticket gates; European Foundation for Quality Management; involvement in Abellio bidding teams; Stakeholder Manager; Publicity Officer Cumbria Railways Association; Director of Settle & Carlisle Development Company; benefits of sectorisation; alternatives to privatisation; experience of managers; infrastructure management; Railtrack/Network Rail project overruns

Donald Jary interviewed by David Wharton-Street

Oral Histories


Oral history interview with Christopher Leah, conducted and recorded by Neil Butters at the Railway Heritage Trust, 1 Eversholt St, Euston on 17 July 2018. Duration: 2 hr. 2 min. 51 sec. Early career; Budget Clerk Rugby; Traffic Management Trainee (Staff Entrant) British Rail: London Midland Region 1970-1972; General Purpose Relief Supervisor; Total Operations Processing System (TOPS) Project; Assistant Area Manager; Motorail; Royal Train; Personal Assistant to David Bowick (Vice Chairman British Railways Board); Union Internationale des Chemins de fer (UIC); Station Cleaning Manager; Divisional Freight Officer; John Prideaux (Divisional Manager); sectorisation; Resource Manager Iron Steel and Motor Vehicles; Passenger Marketing Manager Scotland; Chris Green; Brian Souter; bus deregulation; working with Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive (SPTE); Scotland became part of Provincial; ScotRail; reporting to Chris Green and John Edmonds (Director Provincial); Class 15x Sprinters introduction; move to Birmingham; working with PTEs; dividing sub-sector; Regional Railways (RR); Gordon Pettitt; future career prospects; joining Railtrack; creation of Railtrack; dividing assets; organisational structure; Gerald Corbett; Ladbroke Grove accident; inquiry; Railtrack in Administration; gauge corner cracking (GCC); benefits of privatisation; sitting on Railway Heritage Trust Advisory Panel; Ffestiniog Railway; Welsh Highland Railway; Wensleydale Railway; Bressingham Steam & Gardens

Christopher Leah interviewed by Neil Butters

Oral Histories