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Ten thousand engineers and construction workers fight to stop London's streets caving in or snarling up with traffic as they race to complete Crossrail in time for the first train.

Genres: Travel | Automobiles/Vehicles
Station: BBC Two (UK)
Rating: 0/10 from 0 users
Status: Running
Start: 2014-07-16

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway Season 1 Air Dates


S01E01 - Urban Heart Surgery Air Date: 16 July 2014 20:00 -

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This series follows a team of more than 10,000 engineers and construction workers as they race to build a brand new railway under London - Crossrail - London's new Underground. Costing fifteen billion pounds, it's the biggest engineering project in Europe and a huge challenge to pull off. As they burrow the 42km of tunnels, engineers must battle to make sure that listed buildings don't crack, London Underground trains keep running, roads don't shut and the City stays in business. Crucially, they must drive one of their gigantic 1,000-tonne tunnel-boring machines through a tiny gap in the congested underbelly of Tottenham Court Road station without the passengers on the tube platforms below knowing they are there.


S01E02 - Tunnels Under the Thames Air Date: 23 July 2014 20:00 -

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This episode follows engineers building London's brand new underground railway, Crossrail, as they take on a Great British obsession - building train tunnels underwater.

Linda Miller, an engineer more at home building space launch complexes at Cape Canaveral, battles to rebuild a Victorian tunnel under the Royal Docks in London's East End. Meanwhile, a British tunnelling dynasty - the Bermingham family - follow in the footsteps of the original father-son team of Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel to build a brand new tunnel under the River Thames.


S01E03 - Platforms and Plague Pits Air Date: 30 July 2014 20:00 -

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This episode follows engineers building London's brand new underground railway, Crossrail, as they race to build ten new train stations across London.

A team battles to put together the giant jigsaw that will become a cathedral-sized station at Canary Wharf. It's so big, they have to build it in a dock and underwater. Its architect-designed roof is so complicated it comes in a kit of over 2,500 pieces. As engineers carve out the underground caverns that will become the new stations, they hit on some gruesome discoveries of London's past.

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway Actors

Julian Barratt(Narrator)



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