Rob Bell has been granted special access to London's Tube network where he'll uncover the story of how this engineering feat was achieved and the extraordinary characters that made it happen. We explore how the Tube's engineering innovations have shaped London; from its origins, to the building of the first true deep Tubes a hundred years ago, its pioneering maps, escalators and its life-saving role during the Blitz. Rob reveals ghost stations, secret tunnels, hidden walkways, control rooms, depots and repair pits. Rob walks through the tunnels at night time and travels through the maintenance conduits and serviceways by day. This series tells us about the Tube's history as well as how it's run today and the army of workers who keep 5 million commuters moving through the network every day.
The Northern Line runs for 36 miles through London, connecting north and south across the Thames. Seven hundred thousand passengers rely on it every day. But to build it, its Victorian engineers had to overcome unbelievable obstacles.
The Central Line is the blood red artery that travels through the heart of London. At 46 miles, it is the longest of all tube lines, connecting East and West through the famous shopping district and the City. Transporting two hundred and sixty million passengers a year it is also the busiest train line in Britain, under or over ground. But as Rob discovers, it’s a line constantly battling a Victorian legacy.
The Metropolitan Line travels 42 miles from villages of Buckinghamshire into the heart of the City. The Tube map’s purple line takes seventy million passengers every year through London. But what few realise is they are traveling through hand-built brick tunnels constructed one hundred and fifty years ago, at the time of Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria.