Inside King's Cross: The Railway

Inside King's Cross: The Railway

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

You can’t have a behind-the-scenes travel doc without statistics, so here they are. King’s Cross station opened in 1852, it has had a £600 million facelift and is currently handling 30 million passengers a year. And some of those passengers get close to meltdown when an early-morning train breaks down just outside Grantham in Lincolnshire, blocking the tracks and causing massive disruptions.

A compensatory bag of crisps doesn’t mollify them. However, the Virgin Trains staff acquit themselves well, maintaining their cool: “There are no problems, only challenges,” one repeats like a mantra. Worth remembering next time you’re fuming about being stuck on a train going nowhere.

Summary

Documentary going behind the scenes at the London transport hub, meeting the army of workers who keep this vital network running. There is a day of tremendous disruption on the railway as a train loses power on the East Coast Main Line, blocking services in and out of King's Cross, with a domino effect causing hours of delays at stations from the north-east of England all the way to London.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer Ed Taylor
Executive Producer Michael Kelpie
Series Producer Tim Pritchard
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