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British Rail 1974–1997From Integration to Privatisation$
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Terry Gourvish

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250059

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250059.001.0001

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Operations, Productivity, and Technological Change

Operations, Productivity, and Technological Change

(p.53) 3 Operations, Productivity, and Technological Change
British Rail 1974–1997

Terry Gourvish (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the various aspects of British Rail's operations. Topics covered include passenger pricing and marketing, freight pricing and marketing, operating costs and productivity, trade unions, search for cost savings, railway investment, and the challenge of new technologies. Significant progress was made during the period 1974-9 from a technical and operational perspective, with the appearance of high-speed trains, main-line electrification, and the launching of the Speedlink wagon service. However, insufficient investment in British Rail left managers frustrated.

Keywords:   frieght pricing, passenger pricing, high-speed trains, operating costs, productivity, trade unions, main-line electrification, Speedlink, new technologies

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