Network Rail - Forward or backward? Not-for-profit in British transport

Crompton, Gerald W. and Jupe, Robert E. (2007) Network Rail - Forward or backward? Not-for-profit in British transport. Business History, 49 (6). pp. 908-928. ISSN 0007-6791 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This article examines the brief and unsuccessful career of the privately-owned infrastructure company, Railtrack, and its part in the privatised railway system in the UK between 1996 and 2001. It discusses the decision of the British government to discontinue public support for Railtrack and to set up a new not-for-profit company, Network Rail, to replace it. The ongoing public debate over these events and the prospects for the new company are analysed. Two earlier, and broadly successful, examples of not-for-profit companies in British transport history, are briefly considered for comparative purposes - the Port of London Authority and the London Passenger Transport Board.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Railtrack; network rail; nationalisation; privatisation; not-for-profit; companies limited by guarantee; port of London authority; London Passenger Transport Board
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2008 14:28
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2014 11:33
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