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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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The Serpell Report

The Serpell Report

(p.151) 5 The Serpell Report
British Rail 1974–1997

Terry Gourvish (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

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 far beyond a narrow definition of finance to encompass planning and long-term strategic objectives, government-railway relations, management structures, and costs. This chapter examines the antecedents to the appointment of the review committee in May 1982, and the implications of the report for future railway management.

Keywords:   British Railways Board, railway management, Review of Railway Finances, railway industry, government-railway relations, management structure

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