Progress made on the construction of Crossrail’s tunnelling work below London over the last two years will be featured in a new three-part BBC documentary, titled Fifteen Billion Pound Railway.
The first programme airs on 16 July at 9pm on BBC2 and will cover the engineering challenges and key milestones of the project, including the tunnel boring machine (TBM) breakthroughs.
Production company Windfall Films was given exclusive access to spend time with Crossrail’s project teams and engineers to make the three one-hour long programmes.
The three episodes focus on the 1,000t TBM, named Ada, breaking through Tottenham Court Road station within 800mm of the operating Northern line, rebuilding the Victorian-era Connaught Tunnel under the Royal Docks and constructing the cathedral-sized new station at Canary Wharf.
Windfall creative director and executive producer, Carlo Massarella said: “The series offers a fascinating insight into the lives of the engineers on the project, the clever innovations underpinning the construction work and reveals how the team has overcome the biggest challenge of all – building the stations and tunnels while keeping London moving.”
Western tunnels and stations project manager Andy Alder said: “This documentary is a chance for the public to come into our subterranean world and see how we build big tunnels using massive machines, while preserving London’s archaeological history.”