Crunch meeting on future plans for signal box

Campaigners at St James Deeping signal box before it was taken down by Network Rail last October.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG231014-319TW.
Campaigners at St James Deeping signal box before it was taken down by Network Rail last October. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG231014-319TW.
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A campaign to rebuild a landmark railway signal box in Deeping St James is at a crucial phase with a public meeting taking place in the village next week.

People in Deeping St James are being invited to show their support for the rebuilding of St James Deeping signal box by coming to a meeting at the Waterton Arms in Church Street at 7.30pm on Monday, February 16.

The meeting follows a tentative agreement between campaigners, Network Rail and John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, for the signal box to be built on land near to where the building was taken down last October.

Campaigner Stuart Hall of Deeping St James said: “Following a successful meeting at John Hayes’s office in London with a representative from Network Rail, we are now in a position to acquire some land for the rebuilding of our signal box.

“So that this venture can move forward, we are planning to hold a meeting at The Waterton Arms in Deeping St James so as to form a committee of people who would be interested in becoming involved in this project.

“All kinds of support would be welcome, so if you can offer practical or organisational help, please come along.

“We are determined not to lose more of our Deepings heritage and the signal box will be preserved for the education and enjoyment of future generations.”

Network Rail is keeping the remains of the signal box on pallets at a site in Spalding until the required funding is raised so that rebuilding can take place.

Deeping St James county and district councillor Phil Dilks said: “We’ll play our 
part but in my view, this isn’t something that Deeping St James can take on alone and we’re looking for outside 
funding.

“That’s the big question and if it comes down to there not being any money, I’m not going to be shouting that we should be spending a hell of a lot of money on another project when money is tight.”