Ten thousand engineers and construction workers fight to stop London's streets caving in or snarling up with traffic as they race to complete Crossrail in time for the first train.
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway - Crossrail - Netflix
Crossrail is a 118-kilometre (73-mile) railway line under development in London and the home counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Essex, England. The central section and a large portion of the line, between Paddington in central London and Abbey Wood in the south-east, is due to open in December 2018, whereupon that section and two other existing routes will be officially renamed the Elizabeth line after Queen Elizabeth II. At each end of the central core, the line will divide into two branches: in the east to Abbey Wood and Shenfield in Essex, and in the west to Heathrow Airport and Reading in Berkshire. Part of one of the eastern branches, between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, was transferred to a precursor service called TfL Rail in 2015; this precursor took control of the Heathrow Connect service in May 2018. The Shenfield branch will be connected to Paddington in May 2019 and the branches west of Paddington will be connected to the central core in December 2019, completing the new east–west route across London and providing a new high-frequency commuter and suburban passenger service. The project was approved in 2007 and construction began in 2009 on the central section and connections to existing lines that will become part of the route. With a budget of £14.8 billion, it was Europe's largest infrastructure construction project until 2016 when the Grand Paris Express in France surpassed it. Its main feature is 21 km (13 mi) of new twin tunnels below the city. These tunnels will run from Paddington to Stratford and Canary Wharf in the east. An almost entirely new line will branch from the main line at Whitechapel to Canary Wharf, crossing under the River Thames, with a new station at Woolwich and connecting with the North Kent Line at Abbey Wood. New nine-carriage Class 345 trains will run at frequencies in the central section of up to 24 trains per hour in each direction. It is expected to relieve pressure on existing east-west London Underground lines such as the Central and District lines, as well as the Jubilee line extension and the Heathrow branch of the Piccadilly line. Crossrail will be operated by MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Ltd as a London Rail concession of Transport for London, in a similar manner to London Overground. TfL's annual ticket revenues for the project are forecast to exceed £800 million per year in 2020/21 and over £900 million per year from 2022/23.
The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway - Central section - Netflix
The central tunnels run from a portal just west of Paddington to Whitechapel, with further tunnelling to Stratford and to Canary Wharf. There will be new stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel, with interchanges with the London Underground and other National Rail services. Due to the size and positioning of the new platforms, Farringdon station will also be connected to Barbican station, and Liverpool Street to Moorgate station. Positioning a new station at Paddington presented structural design challenges due to its positioning just below Eastbourne Terrace and the station's taxi rank, and within 3 m (10 ft) of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's 150 year old mainline station.
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