London is getting bigger – and its 150-year-old underground network has to keep up. This eight-part series meets the staff working to make that happen, including station supervisor Tony, who this week unveils a controversial solution to an escalator overcrowding problem at Holborn. Line service controller Charlotte reveals the incredibly precise timing that keeps the Piccadilly line running, and an Arsenal home game causes chaos at Highbury & Islington station when fans and commuters collide at rush hour. A fascinating look at the effort, energy and composure required to run something the capital takes for granted.
A look behind the scenes of the London underground as it undergoes the biggest overhaul in its history, focusing on key members of staff and some of the problems they face. The series follows key members of the London Underground's 19,000-strong staff, from CEO Howard Collins through to the litter pickers who clear miles of track every night.Drivers, station staff and emergency response workers reveal their unique perspective on the travelling public. Capturing the tube in all its guises, from tourist transport to suburban commute, or the last train home for partygoers, this series also looks behind the scenes of the tube's ten billion pound upgrade - and how the process of dragging a Victorian infrastructure kicking and screaming into the 21st century doesn't always run on rails.