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‘Save our signal box’, protestors tell rail bosses

Protestors at St James Deeping signal box, led by Richard Brader and Katherine Clare (front), with a banner and petition.

Protestors at St James Deeping signal box, led by Richard Brader and Katherine Clare (front), with a banner and petition.

The fighting spirit that helped the Deepings community to scupper plans for the axing of their library has now been turned to saving a 19th century signal box.

People in Deeping St James are fighting to stop Network Rail from demolishing St James Deeping signal box which has been a landmark since 1848.

Online and paper petitions are being signed to save the signal box built in 1848 to serve the old Boston to Peterborough railway line.

Campaigners Stuart and Lynda Hall said: “Network Rail says it can’t be saved but we don’t see why it can’t be used as a Deepings heritage centre as there would be enough volunteers to run it.

“We’ve had to fight to save the library and now Network Rail is trying to remove something else purely because they would find it convenient to have it out of the way.”

The Save Our Signal Box campaigners have written to Prince Charles and John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, for support with backing from Deeping St James Parish Council.

John and Karen Clare said: “The signal box is a gateway to the village and it’s not causing anybody any problems whatsoever.

“So what right has Network Rail got to take our heritage and history away?”

 

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