The Routemasters: Running London’s Roads (aka Roads)
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The Routemasters: Running London’s Roads (aka Roads)
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Transport for London’s roads operation

With access to 20,000 transport workers – bus drivers, cabbies, road menders and special police units – we see how London really works.

London life consists of 23 million journeys a day. This warm, character-driven series introduces us to those whose job it is to keep the city moving. We cut between the all-seeing eye of the control room and seemingly incompatible transport sub-cultures – from cabbies who resent the ever increasing number of cyclists, to hard-working surface repair teams who face nightly abuse from drivers stuck in rush-hour gridlock. Seeing the city through the eyes of those responsible for vital maintenance and traffic regulation is a revelation. That this overcrowded city’s roads work as well as they do is more than impressive, it’s an everyday miracle!

Reviews

"A fascinating watch" The Metro


"London on television is a marvellous mix of grit and glamour, nowhere more beautifully portrayed than on BBC2's The Route Masters" New Statesman


"A fabulous series... accessible, informative and enjoyable" The Radio Times

Awards

  • Nominated for Best Factual Series BAFTA 2014

Ratings

  • The series topped ratings on BBC2 attracting 1.4m, outperforming the slot average by a highly impressive 46%

Definition

HD

Producer

Blast! Films

Broadcaster

BBC Two

Production Year

2013
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