Last year the London Underground celebrated its 150th Anniversary. The idea of an underground rail system for commuters was initially dubbed as ” an insult to common sense.” Defying the odds, it has been pure human engineering innovation, and vision with the commitment of stretching available technology to the limit that has made the London Underground one of the great civil engineering wonders of the world.
The London Underground has managed to survive recessions, financial neglect and world wars, constantly reinventing itself over time. In 2012 London hosted the Olympic Games and this transport system performed flawlessly, successfully shuttling tourists, athletes, as well as the everyday commuting Londoners across the city and region. Today, the London Underground continues to expand with one of the largest and most ambitious projects in Europe known as Crossrail.
In celebration of the 150th Anniversary, theInstitute of Civil Engineers has released a short film, ‘Engineering the London Underground’. The film highlights the history of the Underground, noting the significant role that civil engineers play in its continued development and growth. Take a look: