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The Serpell Report

Terry Gourvish

in British Rail 1974–1997: From Integration to Privatisation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199250059
eISBN:
9780191719516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250059.003.0005
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History

The Serpell Report, Review of Railway Finances, published in January 1983 was the most important policy document of the decade to affect the railway industry. The ramifications of the report spread ... More


Introduction: British Rail after 25 Years of Nationalisation

Terry Gourvish

in British Rail 1974–1997: From Integration to Privatisation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199250059
eISBN:
9780191719516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250059.003.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History

This introductory chapter presents an assessment of the British railway system under nationalization, public perceptions of rail transport, and the ‘political’ economy of the railways. Topics ... More


British Rail 1974–1997: From Integration to Privatisation

Terry Gourvish

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199250059
eISBN:
9780191719516
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250059.001.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History

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 ... More


Post‐Second World War British Railways: The Unintended Consequences of Insufficient Government Intervention

Timothy Leunig

in Paradoxes of Modernization: Unintended Consequences of Public Policy Reform

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199573547
eISBN:
9780191722677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573547.003.0009
Subject:
Business and Management, Public Management, Organization Studies

This chapter examines the performance of Britain's railways, as measured by the speed of travel. It looks at the post-1945 period and assesses not the overall gains in speed, but the distribution of ... More


Safety

Terry Gourvish

in British Rail 1974–1997: From Integration to Privatisation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199250059
eISBN:
9780191719516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250059.003.0010
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History

This chapter discusses the increased attention on railway safety issues following the Clapham accident. Topics covered include the transformation of the safety culture, additional spending on safety, ... More


The Privatisation Debate and ‘Organising for Quality’

Terry Gourvish

in British Rail 1974–1997: From Integration to Privatisation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199250059
eISBN:
9780191719516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250059.003.0011
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History

This chapter examines the initial approach to rail privatization which developed in the 1980s, the Board's attempts to manage the railway in the face of uncertainty, and the impact of the decision of ... More


Reorganising for Privatisation, 1992–4

Terry Gourvish

in British Rail 1974–1997: From Integration to Privatisation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199250059
eISBN:
9780191719516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250059.003.0012
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History

This chapter focuses on the reorganization of the British Railways Board to make way for privatization. Topics discussed include the new railway structure and the management of the restructuring ... More


Cost Control and Investment in the post‐Serpell Railway

Terry Gourvish

in British Rail 1974–1997: From Integration to Privatisation

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199250059
eISBN:
9780191719516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250059.003.0006
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History

This chapter focuses on the efforts of British Rail to address some of the major problems identified by the Serpell Review of Railway Finances. These include operating costs, the size of the network, ... More


Epilogue

Rikkie Yeung

in Moving Millions: The Commercial Success and Political Controversies of Hong Kong's Railway

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9789622098824
eISBN:
9789882207196
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622098824.003.0012
Subject:
Economics and Finance, South and East Asia

On December 12, 2007, the history of Hong Kong railways turned to a new page. The operation of all railways systems was merged under MTRC Limited. The KCRC ceased to be a railway operator and was ... More


The World's First Railway System: Enterprise, Competition, and Regulation on the Railway Network in Victorian Britain

Mark Casson

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780199213979
eISBN:
9780191707469
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213979.001.0001
Subject:
Business and Management, Business History, Organization Studies

The British railway network was a monument to Victorian private enterprise. Its masterpieces of civil engineering were emulated around the world. But its performance was controversial: praised for ... More


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