Joy as funds are secured to rebuild Deeping St James signal box

Signal box red ribbon protest Deeping St James'All with MP John Hayes centre EMN-140929-120844001
Signal box red ribbon protest Deeping St James'All with MP John Hayes centre EMN-140929-120844001
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A railway signal box demolished to make way for electric crossing barriers will be rebuilt with Government funding.

Deeping St James signal box was taken down by Network Rail in October when the company upgraded the level crossing in Station Road.

Campaigners fighting to save the building were devastated, but determined to find a new home for the beloved building.

Deepings MP John Hayes (Con) lobbied the Government’s transport minister in January. And the MP has now confirmed that the funding has been secured.

Linda Hall has campaigned to save the signal box since it was first placed under threat. She hopes it can now be rebuilt and turned into a heritage museum.

“We are absolutely thrilled to bits,” she said. “It’s all systems go.

“We are in the process of getting the land and with the money things are now looking positive.”

Network Rail had offered a piece of land near the old station master’s house for the rebuild. But the group is also exploring another site nearby.

Linda said: “It’s all in negotiation. We might be able to find something ourselves but we are not sure.

“It’s going to be as near as we can possibly get it to the old site.”

Campaigners hope to combine the history of the signal box and railway in Deeping St James with stories and photos of the village through the years.

Retired signalmen who worked in the box many years ago have also agreed to teach school children about their job.

The campaigners are now appealing to building firms to lend a hand with the project. Manor Roofing has already agreed to help out.

Linda paid tribute to her MP and councillors from across the political spectrum who helped with the campaign.

A meeting will be held at the Waterton Arms at 7.30pm on Tuesday.