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

Reading station a year early

Over recent years, there have been a number of articles written about the progress of the £895m Reading station project. It is not the...

Tunnels, railways, and the future for young engineers!

The Permanent Way is a diverse concept. There is the traditional formation, cess and drainage; there are embankments and cuttings, bridges and viaducts and,...

Thameslink: Next Stop London Bridge!

Last spring, the rail engineer gave an update on the progress of the challenging £5.5 billion scheme to improve the Thameslink route through the...

Holding back the flood!

As you will be aware, 2012 was the second wettest year on record for the UK as a whole and, in England alone, it...

Looking forward 30 years

On the 13 December at the British Library Conference Centre, Steve Yianni, Network Rail’s director of engineering, presented the Railway Technical Strategy (RTS) 2012...

The devil is in the detail

One of the many initiatives being undertaken by Network Rail as part of their plans to electrify the Great Western Main Line (GWML) is...

Electrifying the Great Western Railway

At last, we now know that the Great Western Main Line Railway (GWML) is going to be electrified. It was way back in 1977...

Rail engineers tackle the English summer

It is midsummer in the UK, and here are some extracts from the news on the evening of the 28 June 2012: "Major disruption has...

BS11000 – Working together, achieving more!

Over recent months, Network Rail has been sending out a clear and consistent message about the “behavioural change” needed to take place within the...

“Arm-in-Arm” Delivery for Reading Station Project

Plans to improve the railway at Reading were first launched in September 2008. Since then, contracts have been let and work has been progressing...

For Battersea – Five new bridges and one new superstructure

On the south bank of the Thames, opposite Victoria station, on the disused site is Battersea Power Station. Alongside the power station there is...

Bridge within a bridge at Battersea

On the south bank of the Thames, opposite Victoria station, sits the sprawling, disused site that houses the well-known landmark Battersea Power Station. Alongside...