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Crossrail documentary: The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway

Crossrail has provided exclusive access to the BBC’s producers Windfall Films over the last seven years to follow thousands of engineers and construction workers as they work to complete the Elizabeth line.

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway is produced by Windfall Films for the BBC and the Open University. The first series has been released on DVD and can be ordered via the London Transport Museum shop and Amazon.

Visit the BBC website for further information about the show.

FIFTEEN BILLION POUND RAILWAY - SERIES 3

BBC TWO Series 3

The third series of The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway aired in January 2019.

Series three included fitting out 10 brand new stations, testing the new fleet of trains and covered the decision by Crossrail Ltd that it was no longer possible to open the central section in December 2018.


FIFTEEN BILLION POUND RAILWAY - SERIES 2

BBC TWO Series 2

The second series of The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway aired in May 2017.

Series two followed workers complete 26 miles of tunnels and install permanent track, witness archaeologists uncover a Roman road at Liverpool Street and visit Bombardier Transportation in Derby where the new state-of-the art Elizabeth line trains were manufactured.  The episodes also followed the construction of the new stations at Paddington, Tottenham Court Road and Whitechapel.

The series featured the visit of Her Majesty the Queen to Bond Street where the railway line was officially named the Elizabeth line.

Series two of The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway was the most watched programme on BBC TWO in 2017.


FIFTEEN BILLION POUND RAILWAY - SERIES 1

BBC TWO Series 1

The first series of The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway aired in July 2014.

Series one followed workers as they tunnelled under London, re-built the Victorian Connaught Tunnel in the Royal Docks and constructed the cathedral-sized new station at Canary Wharf.

The popularity of this series led to the BBC commissioning series two of The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway.


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