Take a break from soggy bottoms and tune into tubes and buses instead, as Channel 5 run a 2-part series about London Transport.

The two part series shows how Transport for London and its predecessors have tackled the endless challenges thrown at them over the decades by London’s relentless growth.

Episode One looks at the origins of the London Underground in the 1860s, the B-Type bus which was a common sight on the streets of the capital, until they were taken to France as troop transports, and  Hannah Dadds, the first lady to drive a tube train in 1978, despite objections from the men she worked with.

Episode Two looks at the London Ringways, the fortunately cancelled plan for four giant motorways through the heart of the city, the King’s Cross fire and behind the scenes in the control centres, and travel in tube train cabs and buses.

The series will be shown on Channel 5 tonight (Tuesday 22nd Oct) at 8pm, and the same time on Tuesday 29th Oct.


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  1. jason leahy says:

    Then & Now is a 5-part series not a 2-part series, episodes 1, Motorway Britain 2, The River Thames 3, Heathrow Airport 4, London Underground and 5, London Transport.

  2. JP says:

    Says next week is episode 4 on my EPG…
    Either way, channel five is suddenly filled with programmes galore on castles, skyscrapers, engineering, scenic railways, steam trains, road haulage of same and so on. Long may it continue and just before I am lulled into a false sense of “it’s grown up at last” what follows these gems quite often panders to and titillates other parts of the brain.

  3. jason leahy says:

    Your correct,Radio Times made a mistake and listed all 5 episodes as one series of Then & Now,it is two series on My5,Then & Now Ep1-3 and Keeping London Moving:Then & Now Ep1-2,very confusing I was waiting for Ep4 to be added to My5.
    There is a new episode today of New Civil Engineer new podcast series The Engineers Collective about HST and A14 upgrade,previous subjects HS2,Crossrail,Heathrow Airport,Digital Twins ect.

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