The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway is a three part documentary on the building of Crossrail in London. The first episode will air tonight (Wednesday 16th July) on BBC Two at 9pm.
The series takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the building of London’s brand new high-capacity subterranean railway.
From the construction of a colossal new train station at Canary Wharf that’s as long as the Gherkin skyscraper is tall and half submerged underwater; to the father and son team of tunnellers burrowing out the new line’s twin tube tunnels beneath the river Thames; The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway reveals the larger than life characters and ingenious technology at the heart of building this new railway line under one of the busiest cities in the world.
Crossrail is Europe’s largest engineering project. Employing over 10,000 engineers and construction workers, the ten year project is one of the most ambitious undertaken in London since the construction of the Bakerloo, Central and Piccadilly lines in the early 1900s. When completed, 42km of new tunnels will have been built using over 250,000 concrete panels and there will be ten new stations across London.