Transferring UK railways into the private sector was the most challenging of the privatisation programmes in the 1990s. Here, Roger Kemp considers how safety is managed in an industry that requires very high levels of technical and commercial integration but where management has been distributed between more than 100 different organisations.
This paper and the extended version submitted to the Department for Transport were the first to argue that the 1992 arrangements under which the Railway Inspectorate was transferred to the HSE were inappropriate and should be reversed. While not claiming more than a fraction of the credit, the 2005 Railways Act implemented this advice and moved the HMRI into the Office of Rail Regulation. RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : General Engineering