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Save our signal box says Lorely

A BATTLE to save Shirley signal-box continues to gather steam and looks set to go all the way to Downing Street.

A BATTLE to save Shirley signal-box continues to gather steam and looks set to go all the way to Downing Street.

Over the weekend, local residents and Solihull MP Lorely Burt were out gathering support at the railway station.

And this week, the Solihull News is launching its campaign to save the historic building, due to be pulled down in a few weeks time.

Mrs Burt said that it would be “vandalism” to demolish the signal-box, which came into operation in 1907.

“We have already collected hundreds of signatures and there wasn’t one person we spoke to who didn’t want to save the box,” she said.

“I’ve been scurrying around making contact with Lord Falconer and the Birmingham Railway Museum to see what we can do.”

The petition was started by Hilary Walker - who lives right next to the station - and the aim is to take the names to the steps of No 10.

Things were set in motion on Sunday, when the Shakespeare Express passed through Shirley on its way to Stratford.

Hundreds of signatures were collected at the platform and on-board the train itself.

Network Rail are due to demolish the station building in six or seven weeks, as part of a re-signalling operation on the Birmingham to Stratford Line.

But campaigners argue there are two alternatives to keep the red-brick building.

The first would see the signal box kept in-situ at Shirley Station, no longer operational - but housing a business.

The second option would be to transport the building brick-by-brick to Birmingham Railway Museum.

l Residents can sign an online petition - against the proposed demolition - at www.lorelyburt.org.uk.

 

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