Britain's Railway, 1997-2005
Labour's Strategic Experiment
By (author) Prof. Dr. Terry Gourvish
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Britain's Railway, 1997-2005 by Prof. Dr. Terry Gourvish
Book DescriptionBritain's leading railway historian provides a critical examination of the Blair governments' involvement in the rail industry from 1997 as they attempted to deal with the UK's fragmented, privatized railways. The book focuses particularly on the work of the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA), and considers the role of individuals - John Prescott, Stephen Byers, Alistair Darling, Sir Alastair Morton, and Richard Bowker - and events - the Hatfield accident (2000), the demise of Railtrack (2001-2), and the funding crisis of 2003-4 - in the shaping of emerging policy. The book was commissioned by the SRA, and written with access to government files. Dr Gourvish argues that the establishment of the SRA as a Non-Departmental Public Board proved largely unsuccessful. It produced tensions with the industry's existing institutions - Railtrack/Network Rail, the operating companies and the economic regulator. There were some gains from the experiment, notably the rescue of the West Coast Main Line project. However, it remains to be seen whether by winding up the SRA and taking responsibility for strategy and funding back into its own hands the Department for Transport has resolved the problem of managing a fragmented industry. This important book is essential reading for those concerned with, and interested in, railway policy, both in the UK and elsewhere in the world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199236602
(241mm x 162mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 16-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Prof. Dr. Terry Gourvish
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Official History of Britain and the Channel Tunnel, Hardback (February 2006)» View all books by Prof. Dr. Terry Gourvish
Commissioned by the Cabinet Office and using hitherto untapped British Government records, this book presents an in-depth analysis of the successful project of 1986-94. It is a portrayal of the complexities of quadripartite decision-making, revealing insights into the role of the British and French Governments in the process.
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Author Biography - Prof. Dr. Terry Gourvish
Terry Gourvish is Director of the Business History Unit at the London School of Economics. He has published widely in the fields of business and transport history, including British Rail 1974-1997: From Integration to Privatisation (OUP, 2002) and The Official History of Britain and the Channel Tunnel (Routledge, 2006).
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