They may not wear stovepipe hats and smoke cigars, but which engineers today deserve the title 'Britain’s Modern Brunels'? In a new four part series for Radio 4, Sue Nelson goes in search of today's heroes of engineering - men and women whose spectacular achievements remind us of the genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who was voted one of the greatest of Britons in a recent BBC poll.
200 years ago, Brunel devoted his life to high speed communication - transforming the English countryside and its economy via his Great Western Railway and speeding up transatlantic travel with his great Iron steamships. His bridges, tunnels, embankments and viaducts still stand today, a testament to Brunel's genius. But will the achievements of today's engineers similarly stand the test of time? Judge for yourself in Britain's Modern Brunels.