The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads

London’s population has grown by a million in the last ten years. The city’s roads are full up. But eight of out ten Londoners’ journeys are by still by road. So 25,000 Transport for London workers now face a daily battle to keep the capital moving.  Every morning 8,500 buses carry six million passengers – double what the Tube carries. Six thousand traffic lights control them – and us. Two thousand dedicated police keep the roads clear by racing to incidents large and small. And it’s all overseen by the biggest traffic control centre in the world, which, unbeknownst to most of us, orchestrates our journeys every day.

Filmed over a year, this six-part series from the makers of The Tube is the story of the individuals who keep the system working – from nightbus drivers to roadmenders to the controllers running it all. But it’s also the story of our capital now, as the city expands faster than ever.


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