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Signal box fight gathers steam

EFFORTS to save the signal box at Shirley station are gathering pace on both a national and local level.

EFFORTS to save the signal box at Shirley station are gathering pace on both a national and local level.

Local MP Lorely Burt has raised the issue of the impending demolition of the 103-year landmark with Lord Faulkner of Worcester, a Labour peer with particular responsibility for transport matters, and has been in touch with the owners Network Rail.

“I’m hoping that if someone or some organisation can come forward to find a use for the signal box then Network Rail would raise no objections to a change of use,” she said.

Interest in the story has snowballed since it was first featured in the Solihull News, being picked up by TV’s Central News last Sunday.

Malcolm Turner of Shirley Residents Association said they’d been in touch with Avoncroft Museum of Buildings and the Tyseley Railway Trust while the rail line manager at Stratford had expressed an interest in taking it over. Other options include turning it into a tea shop.

“It may be 103 years old but it is in excellent condition and a beautiful example,” he said.

Meanwhile local campaigner Hilary Walker and her friends have pledged to maintain the frontage of the signal box while its fate is decided.

 

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