Documentary series shows London’s roads in action

19/06/2013
Highways Reporters

A behind the scenes documentary that features the people who keep London’s transport network flowing aired for the first time on BBC2 this week.

Transport for London (TfL) is responsible for the capital's 700 bus routes and the red route network of roads, tunnels and bridges as well as operating and maintaining London's 6,000 sets of traffic signals and keeping the city's 9,000 mile road network moving 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, 365-days-a-year.

The programme, ‘Route Masters – Running London's Roads' was shown on BBC2 on Tuesday (18 June). It gives viewers an unprecedented look at how TfL keeps the capital's roads and streets flowing to successfully manage 21 million daily journeys by car, bus, taxi, cycle, delivery lorry and van, motorcycle, scooter and on foot. To view the first episode on BBC iPlayer click here.

Each programme will focus on a different aspect of TfL's surface transport network, such as its bus network, with around 8,500 buses operating on more than 700 routes, or how TfL's traffic and bus control centres work.

The programmes will also give an insight into how TfL is investing to ensure the capital can keep pace with the huge predicted growth in population, from just over eight million today to around 10 million by 2030.

Leon Daniels, TfL's managing director of surface transport, said: “We all use and rely on our roads every day, whether as a pedestrian, cyclist, motorist or to make and receive deliveries.

“A well functioning network is vital to ensure London remains one of the world's most vibrant and attractive cities. It also supports jobs and growth in the capital and across the UK as a whole.”

Highways maintenance service provider EnterpriseMouchel (EM) is featured in the new television series.

Employees from its safety inspection, emergency response and tunnels team have been followed around by a camera crew since last winter, capturing their work and what they do each day.

The six-part series will be shown at 9pm on BBC2 every Tuesday.
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