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Sub story to regular feature: Issue 570 6 May 2011

How a career in dams went down the Tube

Chris Haynes grew up in the Black Country and as a child was fascinated by large engineering projects. He studied civil engineering at Newcastle University and envisaged a career working on dams. “I did a dissertation on dam engineering,” he recalls. But his first job took him into transport – as a graduate engineer with London Transport in the late 1960s, a job that included working on the Victoria Line that was then under construction.

Haynes was tempted back to the West...

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