Binns Rail Consulting

Chris Binns is an expert in the implementation of multi-disciplinary railway projects. With over 35 years of engineering experience in major, complex railway infrastructure projects.

About Me

Chris Binns was the Chief Engineer for the Crossrail Programme providing engineering technical leadership through a team of Heads of Disciplines, and Managers of Engineering.

As the Crossrail engineering technical authority, Chris provided leadership of the engineering function including Rail Systems, Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health Systems, Architecture and Civil Engineering. The engineering function, through the Technical Assurance Plan, assured that the Crossrail project delivered a Safe, Operable, Maintainable and high-Performing Railway in accordance with the Sponsor’s requirements.


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    Thameslink Programme

    The government-sponsored £7Bn Thameslink Programme was a 10-year programme transforming north – south travel through London.   The programme included extensive infrastructure enhancements, improved stations such

    Elizabeth Line – Crossrail Programme

    At its inception the Crossrail programme was the largest infrastructure project in Europe and the largest project in the UK for a generation. The project

Why Me

Over 35 years of proven expertise in multi-disciplinary railway projects.

Worked on multiple major programmes

He’s led the engineering and assurance teams on major programmes like Thameslink and Crossrail, transforming travel across London, building new stations underground and overground, and refurbishing older stations.

Multi-disciplinary in heavy rail and metro sectors

With a core signalling background (Conventional, ATO, CBTC and ETCS), he’s worked in the heavy rail and metro sectors, leading the engineering of new track, stations, electric traction systems, control centres, communications, tunnels and bridges, from first feasibility studies through to completed railway on brownfield and greenfield sites.

Member of multiple professional institutions

He’s the proud member of several professional institutions, and a Chartered Engineer (CEng).   Fellow of the Institution of Signalling Engineers (FIRSE), Fellow of the Permanent Way Institution (FPWI), and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET).

News and Insights

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Engineering Icons Tube Map

I’m honoured and humbled to be featured on the Engineering Icons Tube Map launched today as part of the celebration of National Engineering Day -…

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The Rail Engineer Issue 92

Published by Rail Engineer June 2012 In December 2007, the government announced a £5.5 billion improvement grant for the “Thameslink programme”. By any standards this…

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Rail Engineer – Issue 138

Published by Rail Engineer on Mar 22, 2016 Chris Binns was the head of engineering for the f6.5 billion Thameslink programme for six years, one…

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With over 35 years of hands-on involvement in major railway infrastructure projects, Chris Binns brings a wealth of knowledge to every endeavor. Chris would be delighted to assist your project – whether it’s a Feasibility Study, an Independent Review, an Expert Panel or as a Strategic Technical Advisor.

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Companies Worked With

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Crossrail Programme
Bombardier Transportation
GEC Alsthom
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