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TV cameras shine light on Crossrail

8 Jul 14 A three-part documentary on the construction of London’s Crossrail tunnels starts next week.

The Bermingham family is featured in episode two
The Bermingham family is featured in episode two

Part one of BBC 2’s Fifteen Billion Pound Railway airs on Wednesday 16th July at 9pm and follows the construction of the new train tunnels and stations under London.

The first episode, Urban Heart Surgery, follows the team of workers as they drive tunnel boring machine Ada through Tottenham Court Road station within 800mm of the operating Northern line.

Episode two, Tunnels Under the Thames, features the Bermingham father and son team working on new train tunnels under the River Thames in southeast London. It also follows project manager Linda Miller rebuilding the Victorian Connaught Tunnel under the Royal Docks.

The final episode, Platforms and Plague Pits, tracks the team building the vast new station at Canary Wharf. The cameras also join engineers as they carve out the underground caverns that will become the new stations at Liverpool Street and Whitechapel. And, it follows archaeologists as they uncover a 14th Century emergency burial ground, established ahead of the plague.

Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said: “The documentary series provides a unique insight into the complexity and challenges of delivering Europe’s biggest construction project through the very heart of London. Every day people walk past our construction sites unaware of the maze of tunnels that are being constructed below London’s busy streets.”

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