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British Rail 1974–1997: From Integration to Privatisation

Terry Gourvish


Britain's privatized railways continue to provoke debate about the organization, financing, and development of the railway system. This important book provides an authoritative account of the progress made by British Rail prior to privatization, and a unique insight into its difficult role in the government's privatization planning from 1989. Based on free access to the British Railway Board's archives, the book provides an analysis of the main themes: a process of continuous organizational change; the existence of a persistent government audit; perennial investment restraints; the directive t ... More

Keywords: privatization, railways, British Railway Board, productivity, sector management, Organizing for Quality, Serpell Report, Channel Tunnel, Clapham accident

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250059
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250059.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terry Gourvish, author
Director, Business History Unit, London School of Economics
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