Deeping St James signal box taken down to campaigners despair

The Deeping St James signal box has been taken down. Photo courtesy of John McGowan. EMN-141024-143700001

The Deeping St James signal box has been taken down. Photo courtesy of John McGowan. EMN-141024-143700001

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The last few bricks that once made up The Deeping St James signal box were cleared away last night (Thursday October 23) by Network Rail.

After a last-ditch attempt by more than 30 campaigners on Wednesday night to stop the 150 year old structure being taken down, Network Rail refused to alter its plans and removed the structure last night.

Network Rail agreed to ‘sensitively deconstruct’ the signal box and carefully store in on pallets so that it can be rebuilt as a museum if funding can be secured.

Network Rail has removed the signal box to make way for an automated crossing.

The work is part of a £280m scheme to modernise the line between Peterborough and Doncaster.