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  Virgin Trains article - Virgin Trains train Richard Branson Virgin privatisation British Rail 1990s - What-Means.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The company was formed after the privatisation of British Rail in the mid 1990s.
The other franchise Virgin obtained was the separate franchise to run most of the UK's cross country rail services (which generally means long distance services not operating to or from London), which tend to run South-West to North-East and South to North-West via Birmingham.
On privitisation, VWC inherited a mixture of mk2 and mk3 coaches, with electric locomotives of classes 86, 87 and 90.
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 Privatisation of British Rail - TheBestLinks.com - Privitisation of British Rail, Labour Party (UK), Transportation in ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The privatisation of British Rail was carried out by the British government of John Major.
A quite large number of rail operating companies were granted franchises, while a holding company Railtrack owned the large physical assets, including much land surplus to current needs.
Today, when measured by average timetable-keeping, accidents per kilometer or average age of train equipment, British railways are in better shape than they ever were during their low period, the 20 years before the privatization.
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 Khilafah.com - Why exactly are the UK railways so bad?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The rail industry debacle has sat uneasily with the public and is compounded by the fact that there has been a decline in service and many of the executives involved have ended up with fortunes as a result of the privatisation process; multi-millionaires were created overnight.
Post privatisation we are left with the British railways on the brink of a catastrophic safety breakdown, with senior executives warning that much of the network is worn out and that even basic repairs are not being carried out.
Rail Analyst, Christian Wolmer commented that it was hard not to see the latest shake up as another chapter in the 'creeping re-nationalisation' of the railways.
www.khilafah.com /home/category.php?DocumentID=9189&TagID=24   (2874 words)

 Outline and Critically Assess ‘Rhodes’ Argument About ‘Hollowing Out of the State’
The British coalfield is almost gone altogether, in recent weeks the lack of progress in the rail privitisation has come to the fore along with those of the water companies.
This is highlighted by Seaward (1997) when he states that, "In 'majoritarian' systems, privitisation may appear to be the hollowing out of the state but this trend can equally be interpreted in terms of core actors rationally reshaping the state to suit some of their primary ends (such as power, autonomy, protection from direct responsibility)".
Privitisation serves two ends, firstly, to serve to lessen the overload on central government departments and ministers and secondly, to alter the perception of the electorate in relation to the role of government.
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 wikien.info: British_Railways_Board   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The British Railways Board (BRB) was the of British Railways (later British Rail) from 1962 until privitisation in the 1990s
The BRB was created under the Transport Act, 1962 by Harold Macmillan's Conservative government to inherit the railway responsibilities of the British Transport Commission, which was dissolved at this time.
It had overall control of the British Railways, later British Rail from 1 January 1963 until the privatisation introduced by John Major's Conservative government under the Railway Act, 1993.
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 British Rail - free-definition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
British Railways (BR), later rebranded as British Rail, ran the British railway system, from the nationalisation of the 'Big Four' British railway companies in 1948 until its privatisation in stages between 1994 and 1997.
British Railways came into existence from 1 January 1948, under the control of the Railway Executive of the British Transport Commission (BTC)
The British Railways Board (BRB) was created in 1962, taking over from the former British Transport Commission (BTC) which, in addition to the railway, was also responsible for the waterways (canals) and road freight transport.
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 Strategic Rail Authority - Iridis Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) formerly known as the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority (SSRA) is a government body in the United Kingdom which was set up to provide strategic direction for Britain's railway industry.
The Shadow Strategic Rail Authority was established on the privitisation of British Rail as an advisory body.
However, the failure of privitisation saw it SRA cease its shadow existence on 1 February 2001 under the Transport Act 2000.
www.iridis.com /Strategic_Rail_Authority   (135 words)

The British rail industry was one of the proudest achievements of that country's public sector; it had its share of problems, but it delivered public value all considered.
At the heart of the industrialization and development crisis in our nation is the inability of successive 'elites' to build on the modest infrastructure the departing colonialists left behind and thus provide the basis for a modern economy.
The nation's rail network is still as Lugard and his band left it, running from cash crop centers in the hinterland to the coast.
www.thisdayonline.com /archive/2003/09/28/20030928col01.html   (1148 words)

 Railnews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
In contrast to rail enthusiast magazines (such as Entrain and Rail) which often concentrate on locomotives, rolling stock (see train spotting), Railnews concentrates on issues important to employees of the rail network, such as investment (or lack of it), jobs, and trade union power struggles.
Railnews was originally the house-paper of British Railways (later British Rail), published by the British Railways Board.
From 1978 to October 1996 it was issued free to all employees of British Rail.
www.worldhistory.com /wiki/R/Railnews.htm   (237 words)

 CPFC BBS Archive - Solution to the Railways 'Crisis'
British Rail did not always do a great job but at least there was some sense of providing a service and concerns for safety instead of the mad scramble for profit that characterises the industry now.
The SRA (Strategic Rail Authority) has approved local rail schemes, station improvements,addition of new coaches and improvements on rail services in London and the South East but NONE of these can come to fruition until the utter mess of "Railtrack" has been resolved by a rapidly disintegrating Government whose transport policy is in tatters.
I would also argue that rail services have been deteriorating for a long period of time, but appear to have come to a head recently, which must be a good thing for the traveller in the long-term as it is now apperent that substantial investment/re-organisation is imperative.
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 Britain: Tragic Accident Dents Confidence In Rail Travel - International Railway Journal - November 1999   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Confidence in rail travel in Britain died along with 30 passengers last month in the second major accident within two years on a section of track leading to London's Paddington station.
THIRTY people died and more than 200 were injured, some critically, in one of Britain's worst rail crash for decades.
British trains are equipped with an Automatic Warning System that dates back to the 1950s.
railjournal.com /1999-11/britain1.html   (1205 words)

 Reviews on Train safety Look at tests, reports and read reviews: dooyoo.co.uk
That's nothing to do with rail safety but simply because the service is so poor, so many delays and trying to book a ticket for a long journey is such a nightmare and so expensive that I don't bother with it any more.
The subject of privitisation is a broad topic and i really don't want to go into it to deep but i have to say that history has shown that putting peoples lives into the hands of profit orientated companys is lethal.
Although it is a tragedy when a rail crash occurs, especially for those involved and their families, there is far higher carnage on our roads which is only briefly reported with just a little bit more interest with a multiple pile up.
www.dooyoo.co.uk /discussion/train-safety/reviews/6   (1528 words)

 Virgin Trains - Iridis Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
It is generally considered part of the Virgin Group, although the shareholding is actually split 51:49 between Virgin Group and Stagecoach Group.
The company was formed to take advantage of the privatisation of British Rail in the mid 1990s.
Virgin, in 1997 placed the largest rolling stock order (£1bn) in British history with new Class 390 "Pendolino" tilting trains for the WCML network.
www.iridis.com /Virgin_Trains   (572 words)

 Trains - Maison de Stuff
I am ashamed to be British because of it, given the extortionate prices, terrible level of customer service, dreadful reliability and unacceptable delays, not to mention the appalling safety record.
British Rail used to be the envy of the world.
Even Hermann Goering, the head of the Luftwaffe in WW2 noted during the Battle of Britain that he was irritated that RAF pilots shot down over home territory could be back to their unit within 5 hours because of the excellent train service.
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 InterCity (British Rail)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
InterCity was sectorisation of British Rail responsible for long-distance express trains.
The East Coast Main Line was electrified during the late 1980s.
On the privitisation of British Rail, intercity trains became handled by Anglia Trains (later one), Great Western Trains (later First Great Western), Virgin West Coast and Virgin Cross Country, Midland Mainline and GNER.
www.worldhistory.com /wiki/I/InterCity-(British-Rail).htm   (199 words)

 Your Data has a Life - Revive It   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
British Rail (BR) was "broken up" into a number of different railway companies in an effort to breathe new life, investment and competition into what was seen as deteriorating circumstances for the railways.
At the time of the privitisation the UK Railways were already separated into 10 Zones (now 7).
It possessed its own maintenance crews who were responsible for the upkeep of the track and signals within the geography managed by the Zone.
www.gisdevelopment.net /proceedings/gita/2000/dde/dde006.shtml   (892 words)

 Blue Room technical forum > Trains   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
British Rail provided a better and cheaper service, BECAUSE it was monolithic.
Remember that the rail network was built by Private money, It was successful when run Privatly and the problems it has now are in part due to the neglect when the Public sector was supposed to be caretaking it.
Rail privatisation was legislated for eleven years ago, with the Railways Act 1993 and enacted in 1996.
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 1992 Conservative Party Manifesto -
The British Council acts as a cultural ambassador for Britain and for the English language.
British proposals helped to shape the key provisions of the Treaty including those strengthening the enforcement of Community law defence, subsidiarity and law and order.
British Coal has made enormous progress in increasing productivity since the end of the 1985 strike - but there is still further to go.
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 sciforums.com - What it means to be British...
So, to sum it up, the only "british" english is correct BBC english as used by all the best newsreaders, except that its dying out, you could blame weirdoes who think its a good idea to have local identity etc. But better local identity than one homogenoous mass preyed upon by commercialism?
The british Parliment are like obedient dogs they will do anything for the USA and.
A lot of the british have also been brainwashed into thinking that just because someone is Afghan or German they are gonna blow us to peices or start WWIII.
www.sciforums.com /showthread.php?p=627152   (1910 words)

 The Growler Group   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The purchase of the locomotive took a lot of people by surprise, firstly because of the perceived poor condition of the loco and secondly because Class 37 preservation was a new concept.
Prior to the privitisation of British Rail, the freight side of the company was split up into three separate companies.
Each had it's own locomotives, including 37's, and each was in the process of storing locomotives that were deemed as life expired or not cost effective to repair at that time.
www.thegrowlergroup.org.uk /32715/restoration.html   (515 words)

 Britain: Morton Sets Priorities For New Rail Authority - International Railway Journal - November 1999   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Rail Regulator, Mr Tom Winsor, is the prime mover in incentivising Railtrack through a review of its access charges.
The 25 original franchises were based on the 25 cost centres of the former British Rail.
"We shall have a greater shift to rail if it is easier to use: getting on and off trains in more comfortable surroundings, making life onboard more civilised, serving outer commuters and inner commuters, with fares that do not deter people," he said.
www.railjournal.com /1999-11/britain3.html   (1244 words)

 RPC homepage - | News & Publications | RPC press releases (Wed, 17 Aug 2005 23:14:47 GMT)
The Committee is the independent watchdog body for rail passengers in Southern England, set up by Act of Parliament to champion passengers' interests.
It provides a voice for rail passengers in general on matters affecting their safety and general wellbeing and also takes up complaints that individual passengers have been unable to resolve to their satisfaction with a train company.
Appointed as Chairman by the Secretary of State for Transport in 1998, Wendy Toms is retiring from the Committee at the end of March.
www.railpassengers.org.uk /site/News/RPCPressReleases/2003_031703_02   (1605 words)

 BBC NEWS | Have Your Say | Are UK trains value for money?
The Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) say 83.1% of trains ran on time in January to March 2004, up from 80.5% for the same period in 2003.
Once the UK rail network and trains themselves, reach 90% efficiency, comfort, punctuality and speed of their European counterparts, I might reconsider.
This is more than just the legacy of privitisation, the problem goes back to a lack of investment since the war.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/talking_point/3839303.stm   (3006 words)

 BBC News | PREVIOUS PROGRAMMES | Paddington: An Accident Waiting to Happen. What you have said 1
Whilst not strictly relevant, the overall rail safety compared with road should have been mentioned to help restore confidence is what is a very safe form of travel.Altogether the Panorama production team made an extremely poor program covering a very important subject of national importance.
The rail industry (and the government)should stop putting a cost on people's lives, and plough it's profits and its dividends to its shareholders back into making the railway safer, because I suspect that the majority of the shareholders would rather travel by car than a dirty, smelly train that rarely arrives on time.
I was quite interested in the constructive approach to the Paddington rail disaster and the views of those involved and concerned.
news.bbc.co.uk /low/english/events/panorama/previous_programmes/newsid_509000/509881.stm   (3840 words)

 Catmachine Live!
One of the biggest irritants in England these days just has to be travelling on the railways.
I remember back in the eighties during my student days I relied on the railways a lot, and they were always letting me down.
Things were so bad at one point that British Rail even based a whole ad campaign on it - effectively saying: "look, we know things haven't been going well recently, but we can change...".
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 dotdragnet forums!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
We all know what a poor state British Rail is in as well - the consequences of that tragic decision lay open for everyone to see.
I certainly think a restructure is in order, taking over the rail lines was a good move but was this so they didn't have to give out money the government simply hasn't got.
I think in all honestly, privitisation is a bad thing and I would be for re-nationalisation of the Railways.
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