Megastructures: Built from Disaster (2009)

Aerial image of the train crash

The ICE Train disaster of Eschede © Channel Five

Production Company: Indigo Films, Screaming Flea Productions

Kent Filming Locations: Channel Tunnel, High Speed Rail link

Popular documentary series Megastructures returns to Channel Five with a new look series. Megastructures: Built from Disaster looks at how past disasters have informed the building of new structures.

Earlier this year the programme visited Kent to film both the Channel Tunnel and the new High Speed rail link.

On September 10th the programme will look at the construction of tunnels around the world and how disasters such as the Channel Tunnel fire, Mont Blanc and the Gotthard Road Tunnel have informed the building of new structures such as the Gotthard Base Rail tunnel.

Later in the series the programme examines how high speed trains have been developed taking into account some of the lessons learnt from some of recent history’s most horrifying railway disasters. From December 2009, High Speed 1 will connect Kent with Central London, allowing commuters to enjoy a super fast journey in and out of the capital.  The new trains are capable of speeds up to 140mph and will cut journey times in half, but most importantly the journeys will be safe as they have been built from disaster.

The Channel Tunnel in Folkestone is a 50.5-kilometre rail tunnel linking Kent to Calais, France. The Channel Tunnel has featured in both series of The Tunnel (2013-2016).

The series airs on Thursday evenings at 8pm on Channel Five


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