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Otto Wagner designed these spectacular stations of the Viennese underground. Stephen Smith, Sex and Sensibility: The Allure of Art Nouveau III, BBC 2013
Japanese cult Leader Shoko Asahara convinced his disciples he was Christ reincarnated and that they must surrender their will to his for ultimate salvation ... In blind obedience to their leader, cult members poured their resources into a deadly scheme. March 20th 1995, Monday morning rush hour: as millions of commuters board the Tokyo subways, members of Aum Shinriko release a deadly nerve agent on five different trains throughout the city. Decoding the Past s3e1: Cults: Dangerous Devotion, History 2007
On average they arrest around ten pick-pockets a week on the Tube. Ross Kemp on Gangs s4e2: Bulgaria, Sky 2008
There was just one place to go – London was going to have to go underground. Mark Williams on the Rails: Going Underground, Discovery 2004
Twenty years after he [Pearson] first suggested the idea, work on an underground railway began. ibid.
In 1886 the world’s first deep underground railway was dug in London. Ronald Top, More Industrial Revelations s4e3: Europe – The City, Discovery 2006
The Underground: No-one had done it before ... In 1863 the world’s very first subterranean railway opening linking Farringdon to Paddington. Rory McGrath’s Industrial Revelations s5e6: Best of British Engineering: Transport Systems, Discovery 2008
It’s early evening in November 1987 London. In one of the City’s busiest railway stations a discarded match or cigarette on a wooden escalator starts a small fire. Within minutes the fireball it creates engulfs the station ticket hall. King’s Cross: Inferno on the Tube, Channel 5 2014
The fire was building under the Piccadilly Line escalator. ibid.
London Underground is 150 years old this year. The City would be unthinkable without it. The Tube: An Underground History, BBC 2013
Farringdon is prone to flooding. The track is built along the bed of a river. ibid.
The first underground lines were built just under the surface using a technique called Cut & Cover. ibid.
The Greathead Shield was the tunnelling machine pioneered by Brunel that made it possible to dig through the clay deep under London. ibid.
One other innovation drove this extraordinary expansion: Electricity. ibid.
In 1933 intense public demand to make the system simpler led parliament to create a new body bringing all the different private companies together: London Transport. ibid.
The Tube was creating new suburbs. ibid.
On 18th November 1987 the years of neglect brought Kings Cross Station to a tragic low. ibid.
The Tube is now undergoing a £10 billion upgrade. ibid.
Underneath the streets of London an army of more than 10,000 engineers is building a brand-new subterranean railway: Crossrail, costing almost £15 billion. The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway, BBC 2014
Much of the old infrastructure remains in place today. The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway II
Tunnelling under the Thames has been a Great British obsession for many years. ibid.
The most ambitious railway in Britain for a generation: Crossrail. A new subterranean train line connecting Heathrow Airport in the west to the booming city in the east. The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway III
The biggest engineering project in Europe. ibid.
This is a drone’s eye view of an extraordinary endeavour almost entirely hidden from sight. While shoppers and city workers pound London’s pavements above, this secret army of more than 10,000 workers is pulverising the rock and clay right beneath their feet. They’re building Crossrail, a brand-new underground railway costing almost £15 billion. It’s one of the most ambitious rail projects in Britain since the time of Brunel. The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway s2e1, BBC 2017
120 kilometres of new railway will link to the rest of the Tube. ibid.
60 archaeologists are working around the clock to excavate this huge pit. ibid.
100 million hours of labour: It’s finally possible to experience a driver-eye’s view of the new £15 billion railway. The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway s2e2
The new railway will pass right across London. ibid.
Every morning over four million people descend into a vast network of tunnels beneath the city. London Underground Revealed, National Geographic 2014
It’s the biggest metro system in the Western world. ibid.
Tube: It carries as many passengers as the rail network … This is a flagship policy … People don’t want the Tube to be privatised. Mark Thomas Comedy Product s5e6, Channel 4 2001
When you privatise the rail network … you fragment it. ibid.
They’ve already split the Tube up into four distinct companies … It’s called shadow running. ibid.
They’re going on strike for safety … This is our underground system. They’re your drivers. ibid.
This is the world’s oldest underground railway. 154 years after it opened the London Underground is carrying more passengers than ever. No-one believed it could be done. But its past has left a legacy. Inside the Tube: Going Underground I, Channel 5 2017
The story of the world’s first-ever deep-Tube line. How one man overcame unbelievable obstacles to build the railway the shape of not just London but cities everywhere … the Northern Line. ibid.
Around 700,000 people ride it today. The Northern Line runs for thirty-six miles … It’s the deepest of all the Tube lines. ibid.
Floodgates were fitted in stations near the Thames. ibid.
For the first time in seventy years its [Underground] getting bigger. ibid.
The Central Line: Transporting a mind-boggling 260 million passengers a year, it’s not just the busiest Tube line of all, it’s also the busiest most packed train line in Britain. Inside the Tube: Going Underground II: Central Line
Constantly battling its nineteenth century legacy to keep London moving today. ibid.
The Central Line has some sharp bends in it … They decided to tunnel under the roads instead. ibid.
It screeches and scrapes its way under London. ibid.
Every night as soon as the last train departs central London an army of workers descend on to the Line … Replacing the track is a never ending task. ibid.
The story of the world’s first ever underground railway: the Metropolitan, and how today’s massive integrated network grew from a jumble of competing lines with warring bosses. Inside the Tube: Going Underground III
This, the world’s first underground, was built only just under ground – cut and cover involved digging a huge trench along a road, sticking a railway in then covering it back up again with an arch. It took years, caused massive disruption and made life hell for the unfortunate people living here. ibid.
The Metropolitan’s success prompted a second line to open – District. ibid.
The Piccadilly line: What we recognise as the modern Tube today was born on the Piccadilly … One of the busiest lines is the Piccadilly … the royal blue ribbon. Inside the Tube: Going Underground IV
Radical change was needed … ‘[Frank] Pick’s vision of the future … simplicity of movement through a busy station.’ ibid.
London Underground became London Transport. ibid.
1987: A massive fire took hold of King’s Cross Station. ibid.