British Rail, 1974-1997: From Integration to Privatisation

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Based on privileged access to the British Railway Board's rich archives, this book provides and authoritative account of the progress made by the British Railway System prior to its privatization. It offers a unique account of the last fifteen years of nationalized railways in Britain, and it sheds light on the current problems of privatized railway systems. This volume is divided into four complete and concise sections for complete study: 'Railways Under Labour (1974-1979)', 'The Thatcher Revolution (British ...

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Overview

Based on privileged access to the British Railway Board's rich archives, this book provides and authoritative account of the progress made by the British Railway System prior to its privatization. It offers a unique account of the last fifteen years of nationalized railways in Britain, and it sheds light on the current problems of privatized railway systems. This volume is divided into four complete and concise sections for complete study: 'Railways Under Labour (1974-1979)', 'The Thatcher Revolution (British Rail in the 1980's)', 'On The Threshold of Privatization: Running the Railways (1990-1994)', and 'Responding to Privatization (1981-1997)'. Author Terry Gourvish is considered Britain's leading railway historian.

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"In British Rail, Gourvish has produced an excellent study of privitization...[T]here is much to keep the economist and the political scientist engaged. It is also a useful account of how technology is embedded within an organizational structure, and one hopes that historians of technology will be able to follow up on his work."—Technology and Culture
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199250059
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/23/2002
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Gourvish has been Director of the Business History Unit at the London School of Economics since 1989. Previously he was the Dean of the School of Economic and Social Studies at the University of East Anglia.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: British Rail after 25 Years of Nationalisation
Part I: Railways under Labour, 1974-9
2. Operating the 1974 Railways Act: Financial Results, Organisational Responses, and Relations with Government
3. Operations, Productivity, and Technological Change
Part II: The Thatcher Revolution? British Rail in the 1980s
4. Sector Management and New Performance Targets
5. The Serpell Report
6. Cost Control and Investment in the post-Serpell Railway
7. Selling the Subsidiary Businesses
Part III: On the Threshold of Privatisation: Running the Railways, 1990-4
8. Business Performance, Pricing, and Productivity
9. Investment and the Channel Tunnel
10. Safety
Part IV: Responding to Privatisation, 1981-97
11. The Privatisation Debate and 'Organising for Quality'
12. Reorganising for Privatisation, 1992-4
13. Endgame
Appendices

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