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Deeping signal box campaign

Residents of Deeping St James have been campaigning to save a Victorian signal box from demolition.

Network Rail plan to demolish the historic building as part of a £280 million modernisation of the Great Northern Great Eastern (GNGE) line between Doncaster and Peterborough.

Communications officer for the GNGE project Mark Walker was quoted in the Spalding Guardian saying: "Over the last couple of months, the Deeping St James community has been very active on the future of St James Deeping signal box and we understand your desire to protect part of the heritage of your community.

"Since the campaign started, a lot of people in our project team have been trying to devise some sort of solution to ensure that the signal box, or some elements of it, are transferred into your custody.

"Although we will demolish the structure, we will be donating the bricks as a kind of kit for you to rebuild the signal box in a location of your choice."

Deeping St James Parish councillor Judy Stevens said that although she was thankful to Network Rail for coming up with a plan, the solution they had presented was "not good enough".

The campaign also has the support of South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes who commented: "I totally support this campaign and I don't want to see any historic structures destroyed, damaged and lost."