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British Rail, 1974-97 : from integration to privatisation

Author: T R Gourvish; Mike Anson
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Britain's privatised railways inspire considerable debate about organisation, financing, and development. This volume provides an account of the progress made by British Rail prior to privatisation.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: T R Gourvish; Mike Anson
ISBN: 0199269092 9780199269099
OCLC Number: 53155423
Notes: Originally published: 2002.
Description: 700 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: British Rail After Twenty-Five Years of Nationalisation ; PART I: RAILWAYS UNDER LABOUR, 1974-1979 ; 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 II: ON THE THRESHOLD OF PRIVATISATION: RUNNING THE RAILWAYS, 1990-1994 ; 8. Business Performance, Pricing, and Productivity ; 9. Investment and the Channel Tunnel ; 10. Safety ; PART IV: RESPONDING TO PRIVATISATION, 1981-1997 ; 11. The Privatisation Debate and 'Organising for Quality' ; 12. Reorganising for Privatisation, 1992-1994 ; 13. Endgame, 1994-1997 ; Appendices
Responsibility: Terry Gourvish ; research by Mike Anson.

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