Friday 17 September 2021
British Railways Board TOUsBritish Rail
After the Railways Act 1993 had been passed, the British Railways Board was instructed to create 25 train operating units or TOUs, each one being based on a profit centre within its three passenger businesses.
These new entities were then offered to the private sector as future franchises, which started operating between February 1996 and March 1997.
The last franchise to take over from BR was ScotRail (31 March 1997), and from this date the British Railways Board ceased to be responsible for passenger services.
31 March 1997
British Railways Board
All British Railways Board routes (England, Scotland and Wales)
Intercity, Network SouthEast or Regional Railways (BRB)