Deteriorating station in Wansford highlighted by society

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CAMPAIGNERS who fight for the upkeep of England’s rich heritage have listed a railway station as one of the most threatened buildings in the country.

The main building of Wansford Station in Sibson-cum-Stibbington has been included on the Victorian Society’s list of the 10 most threatened buildings in England and Wales. The Grade II listed station was opened in 1842 and closed in 1957. Over the years its condition has deteriorated, with cracks in the stone and floors that have collapsed.

The neighbouring Nene Valley Railway is keen to buy it from the building’s current owners, the haulage company Hutchinsons, but the two parties have been unable to agree a price.

Nene Valley Railway’s platform 3 backs on to the building and the charity is running a campaign to raise the money needed to buy the station and use it to house a railway heritage centre.

General manager of the Nene Valley Railway, Cris Rees, said: “It is very necessary that repair work is done and we would like to take over the station and do that.

“It is not in danger of falling down immediately, but if it continues to be neglected that would be a very real danger.”

People can make a donation by cash or credit card in the station itself, or by sending a cheque made out to the Old Station Building Appeal.