Collin Carr BSc CEng FICE

SPECIALIST AREAS
Structures, track, environment, health and safety


Collin Carr studied civil engineering at Swansea University before joining British Rail Eastern Region as a graduate trainee in 1975.

Following various posts for the Area Civil Engineer in Leeds, Collin became Assistant Engineer for bridges, stations and other structures, then P Way engineer, to the Area Civil Engineer in Exeter. He then moved on to become the Area Civil Engineer Bristol.

Leading up to privatisation of BR, Collin was appointed the Infrastructure Director for InterCity Great Western with responsibility for creating engineering organisations that could be transferred into the private sector in a safe and efficient manner. During this process Collin was part of a management buyout team that eventually formed a JV with Amey. He was appointed Technical Director of Amey Rail in 1996 and retired ten years later as Technical Transition Director of Amey Infrastructure Services.

Now a self-employed Consultant, Collin has worked with a number of clients, including for RSSB managing an industry confidential safety reporting system known as CIRAS, an industry-wide supplier assurance process (RISAS) and mentoring and facilitating for a safety liaison group of railway infrastructure contractors, the Infrastructure Safety Leadership Group (ISLG).

Latest Articles

Kent framework: is it living up to expectations?

Avid readers of Rail Engineer may recall an article I wrote some time ago about a new type of framework contract which demanded a...

The focus moves to Bristol

As regular readers will be aware, the Great Western railway is slowly but surely shedding its rather tired mid-twentieth-century image. It is beginning to...

Adapting to change!

Changing Track was the title of an article in Rail Engineer issue 109 (December 2013). It was the result of an interview that I...

A bright new Victoria station

Manchester Victoria Station, built in 1844, boasting the longest platform in the UK and cringing under its reputation as “the worst station in the...

Preparing the way for Bath electrification

To the east of the city of Bath - from the Georgian Sydney Gardens, through Bathampton Junction on to Box Tunnel - the railway...

Asset management – Developing a data driven railway

Rail Engineers understand that, to manage, maintain and renew a cost-effective, efficient and modern railway system, it is imperative to identify all infrastructure assets,...

The Harbury slip

It must have been a great sense of relief for everyone when Network Rail announced on Friday 13 March, three weeks earlier than the...

Thameslink

To succeed, major railway projects must be thoroughly and painstakingly planned. Following a protracted bidding process, contracts are let which usually prompts an intense...

Let there be light

I have changed trains at Birmingham New Street station more times than I care to remember, moving from one platform to another alongside up...

A new way of working

Last December, Network Rail announced that it had chosen four contractors to carry out enhancements, buildings and civils work in the south of England...

Innovation and Twitter: Block closure of the Uxbridge Branch

The world is changing and economics now dictates that every opportunity must be taken in order to maximise the benefits of long engineering possessions....

Stockholm’s solution to its ‘Wasp’s Waist’

The Stockholm Citybanan (City Line) is a new commuter railway tunnel currently under construction beneath central Stockholm, which will be used for the Swedish capital’s...