BBC TWO’s The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway returned for a third series in January 2019 to follow the construction of the Elizabeth line under London. Crossrail provided exclusive access to the BBC’s producers Windfall Films over 18 months as construction of the railway progressed under London.
Find out more about some of the stars of the series below.
EPISODE SIX & SEVEN: UNDER PRESSURE, OVER BUDGET (PART 1&2)
FELIX AHATTY – TESTING & COMMISSIONING MANAGER, CANARY WHARF
With 48 fans across 18 ventilation shafts in Crossrail’s central section, Felix is responsible for testing and commissioning these systems at Canary Wharf station.
Felix has been with Crossrail for almost six years in a variety of roles that has seen him oversee the design and installation of ventilation systems, which he describes as the “lungs of the tunnels.”
“The most challenging aspect of my role has been managing the interfaces with the stations and shafts and constantly re-planning the works to meet station readiness dates,” said Felix.
LIH-LING HIGHE – PROJECT MANAGER, TOTTENHAM COURT ROAD
As a child, Lih-Ling dreamed of being an astronaut or a medical engineer, but with her father and two siblings being mechanical engineers her career path soon became clear.
With 25 years’ experience as a mechanical engineer behind her, Lih-Ling has worked in the oil, gas and chemicals industry and High Speed 1 where she took on the role of field engineer, working on the iconic St Pancras International station.
At Crossrail Lih-Ling has been involved with Tottenham Court Road station for almost ten years - initially starting as a cost engineer and now project manager with Crossrail’s Delivery Partner, Bechtel.
“Crossrail is one of the most complex projects I have ever worked on. Tottenham Court Road is an epic feat of engineering and will be one of the biggest stations on the Elizabeth line. Viewers will see the huge physical efforts involved to install low voltage power cables as well the complex logistics involved in delivering the platform screen doors,” said Lih-Ling.
DANNY O’CONNELL – DYNAMIC TESTING MANAGER, ROMFORD CONTROL CENTRE
With over 15 years’ experience Danny leads Crossrail’s testing team during the complex and challenging train testing phase.
Danny has been with Crossrail since 2015 and coordinates planning and resolves issues during testing of the of the new railway. This involves testing critical systems including signalling, communications, platform screen doors and power using the new class 345 trains.
“The start of dynamic testing is featured as we balance the need to complete construction activity in the tunnels with train and systems testing. Viewers will see how this early testing was undertaken during a 48-hr window every two weeks, but also the new Elizabeth line route control centre at Romford,” said Danny.