We use cookies to enhance your visit. By continuing to browse you are agreeing to our use of cookies.       About Our Cookies right arrow     Accept and Hide cookie policy

Ian C

Ian C

Name: Ian Carter
Age: 20
Year of the Fix: 2014
Location: Cosham, Hampshire
Campaign: To promote level crossing safety

Last year, I was left with serious injuries after an accident at a level crossing.

 

I’d been cycling home from work when I saw the barriers coming down – but I thought I’d be able to get across.

 

While I made it through the first barrier, I didn’t quite make the second – colliding with the bottom of it.

 

I needed four hours of surgery and 36 stitches, and I’ll be left with permanent scars.

 

With Fixers, I want to make sure other young people are aware of the dangers of ignoring the warning signals at level crossings.

 

I’m planning to make a film to be shown in schools.

 

I hope that by doing this I’ll be able to turn a negative experience into something positive.

Here is a list of Fixers helping me with this Fix:

 

Aaron Clarke Aaron Holdsworth
Chloe Jackson Heidi Williams
Rafael Corta Richard Witherington

Network Rail
The team at Network Rail support my project. They are also very committed to promoting level crossing safety. Lindsay Banks, Community Safety Manager at Network Rail, agreed to be interviewed to appear in my broadcast film. You can visit the Rail Life website for more information.

 

Warblington School
The staff and students at Warblington School in Havant support my Fix. I met with some of the pupils at the school to discuss level crossing safety. This discussion was filmed for my broadcast piece.

February 2015
My story is going to be featured on The One Show following a day of filming with presenter Dominic Littlewood. The piece is about a British Transport Police campaign – Operation Look – which is urging drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to take more care when approaching level crossings.  

 

 

Fixer Ian Carter films with presenter Dominic Littlewood for The One Show.

 

December 2014
On Tuesday 16th December, I had the opportunity to share my Fixers film with people passing through one of the UK’s busiest train stations, London Waterloo. Network Rail arranged for me to show my film in a police van, giving me the chance to tell commuters about my Fix.

Penny Mordaunt, MP for Portsmouth North, stopped by to support my project. She said: “It was great to meet Ian and learn about his project. He is doing excellent work in trying to ensure that others learn from his bitter experience. I wish Ian every success with his campaign.”

 

 

Fixer Ian Carter shows his film in a police van at London Waterloo station (L) and with MP Penny Mordaunt (R)

 

October 2014
I presented my project to another 120 young people, this time at Poole High School.


May 2014
I’ve started delivering my level crossing safety talks in schools. So far, I’ve been to five secondary schools and spoken to young people aged between eleven and fifteen.  There can be up to 500 pupils in the assemblies. I plan to continue going into schools to show my Fixers film and deliver my railway safety message.

 

April 2014
Network Rail, who are supporting my Fix, arranged for me to ride in a train cab!  I travelled from Fratton Park in Portsmouth to London Waterloo. It was amazing. I want to work on the railways and this made me want to become a train driver even more.

 

Fixer Ian Carter rides in a train cab as a result of his level crossing safety Fix

 

March 2014
My story was featured in the Portsmouth News. Click here to read the article.

 

Since my campaign was broadcast on ITV News, I've received positive feedback from others who are supportive of my message.

 

Kerry, Railway Safety and Standards Board: 'Ian came across really well and he obviously connects with the kids. I really hope it works out for him!'

 

Lindsay: 'This is fantastic and will get the message across. Very proud of you Ian.'

 

Ellie: 'Wow! What a moving and powerful piece. This is going to be such a fantastic resource that I've no doubt will make hundreds of young people stop and think. Well done!'

Comments

displaying 1 - 3 of 1292
Fixer hero
Fixer hero

Fixers is a project of the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and featured on ITV.

Charity No 298643    Company No 2194957