Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Land Transport And Transport Via Pipelines
49 - Land transport and transport via pipelines

250 - 280 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
25 November 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The government's shake-up of the rail industry will claim the jobs of half of the 530 civil servants involved in the agency charged with running the railways. The transport secretary, Alistair Darling, announced that a new rail group in his department would consist of between 250 and 280 staff. It will replace the Strategic Rail Authority and will give him unprecedented direct control of the national network. Under the terms of his railways bill, a director general of rail will run the group, setting the finance and strategy for the industry.


  • 26 November 2004: The Guardian


Eurofound (2004), Strategic Rail Authority, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 60772, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60772.