Preview – The Fifteen Billion Pound: The Final Countdown

Linda Miller, Project Manager Farringdon Station.

With ten thousand engineers and construction works involved in building London’s Crossrail – the cities new underground system – BBC Two’s two-part documentary follows the workers as they race to get the rail finished on time.

This is the biggest engineering project in Europe costing a whopping fifteen billion pounds, and it falls to engineers like Linda Miller – who is responsible for building Britain’s biggest station, Farringdon – to make sure the job runs smoothly. Rather a large challenge when faced with ancient fault lines and flooding.

Engineers in Whitechapel must drag the original Victorian station into the 21st century by building a brand new station on top of a bridge, while construction workers build innovative ‘floating’ rail tracks directly under the Barbican Concert Hall to stop noisy trains from disturbing performances.

The Fifteen Billion Pound: The Final Countdown, Monday, 9pm – BBC Two

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