This series follows a team of more than ten thousand engineers and construction workers GÇô close up - as they race to build a brand new subterranean railway under London GÇô Crossrail GÇô LondonGÇÖs new Underground. Costing almost fifteen billion pounds and taking ten years to build, itGÇÖs the biggest engineering project in Europe. The challenges facing the team are immense GÇô from digging out forty-two kilometers of tunnels to constructing ten vast new stations GÇô all while keeping London moving. Episode 1: Urban Heart Surgery Building a brand new underground railway is never easy, but building one underneath the streets of one of the worldGÇÖs biggest and busiest cities is especially tough. The engineers building LondonGÇÖs new underground GÇ£CrossrailGÇ¥ have to make sure that listed buildings donGÇÖt crack, the tubes keep running, the City stays in business and that a consignment of priceless vintage cars doesnGÇÖt fall down a grout shaft in Mayfair. Most dramatically, they must drive one of their gigantic 1000-tonne tunnel boring machines through a tiny gap in the congested underbelly of Tottenham Court Road station without the passengers on the platforms below knowing they are there. Episode 2: Tunnels under the Thames In this second instalment of the three-part series, the engineers building LondonGÇÖs brand new underground railway, GÇ£CrossrailGÇ¥ must take on a Great British obsession GÇô building train tunnels under water. Linda Miller, an American engineer more used to building space launch complexes at Cape Canaveral, finds rebuilding a Victorian tunnel under the Royal Docks in LondonGÇÖs east end more complicated than originally thought. A British tunnelling dynasty GÇô the Berminghams GÇô follow in the footsteps of the original father-son team of Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel to build the latest tunnel under the river Thames, and a young engineer goes through an important rite of passage. Episode 3: Platforms and Plague Pits Building the UKGÇÖs newest underground railway is a big job: itGÇÖs big money, big trains GÇô and it needs big stations. In this final part of the three-part series, engineers must put together the giant jigsaw that will become a cathedral-sized station at Canary Wharf. ItGÇÖs so big they have to build it in a dock and underwater. Its architect-designed roof is so complicated it comes in a kit of over 2500 pieces. As engineers carve out the underground caverns that will become the new stations, they hit on some gruesome discoveries of LondonGÇÖs past.
London's Super Tunnel:The -ú15 Billion Railway