- Peterborough transmitting station
The Peterborough transmitting station is a
broadcastingand telecommunicationsfacility at MorborneHill, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, (gbmapping|TL127913).
There are two tall structures on adjacent sites: a guyed steel lattice mast belonging to
National Grid Wireless, and a reinforced concrete tower belonging to BT. These sites are known by their owners as 'Peterborough' and 'Morborne Hill' respectively.
National Grid Wireless mast
A 154 metre (505 ft) guyed high steel lattice mast, belonging to National Grid Wireless, is used primarily for
FM broadcastingbut carries many other services.
Originally, this mast was built for broadcasting television on
VHF Band I.
October 30 2004, this mast was destroyed by fire. It collapsed, seriously damaging the transmitter building at the base. Services were temporarily restored by transferring them to the adjacent BT tower and two temporary masts, including the BBCemergency mast which was put in use for the first time. A new replacement mast has now been built and is in full service.
BT concrete tower
The adjacent tower is one of twelve reinforced concrete towers owned by BT in the UK. It is used mainly for point-to-point microwave links and forms part of BT's national telecommunications network. It was not damaged by the collapse of the National Grid Wireless mast.
British Telecom microwave network
BT Tower (disambiguation)
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Radio masts and towers - catastrophic collapses
* [http://tx.mb21.co.uk/gallery/peterborough/index.php The Transmission Gallery: Peterborough Transmitter photographs and information]
* [http://tx.mb21.co.uk/mapsys/fm/peterborough.php The Transmission Gallery: FM coverage map]
* [http://www.multimap.com/map/browse.cgi?X=512500&Y=291500&width=500&height=300&client=public&gride=512700&gridn=291300&keepicon=true&coordsys=gb&addr1=&addr2=&addr3=&pc=&advanced=&scale=10000&out.x=9&out.y=8 Map of site]
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