The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway - Series 3

Wednesday 20th February 9pm

Episodes

Episode 1

Following the construction workers of Crossrail as they battle to finish the final stages of the new Elizabeth Line

Episode 2

With station construction, tunnel fit out and train testing still incomplete, the fate of the now £17 billion-pound railway hangs in the balance

Episode 2

In the final part of the series, our cameras pick up immediately after the shock news that the Elizabeth Line has been delayed by over a year and will cost hundreds of millions of pounds more than planned. We’ll discover how engineers, technicians and train staff must pull together - working on borrowed time - to build and fit out 10 brand new stations, learn to operate the new trains, and test out the new 21-km twin tunnels under London, before it can open to the public.  At stake are the reputation of the engineers, the reputation of the new railway, and the reputation of British engineering.

The episode ends with the a second, shock announcement that the project must delay again and that an even bigger bailout of £2 billion is needed. With station construction, tunnel fit out and train testing still incomplete, the fate of the now £17 billion-pound railway hangs in the balance...

 

Credits
Paul Meadows
Assistant Producer
Researcher
Junior Researcher
for BBC2