Campaigners fight to save historic signalling box

Prestatyn Signal Box
Prestatyn structure has been earmarked for demolition after 120 years in operation
Published Fri, 2018-03-23 14:59

A campaign launched to try and save a piece of heritage in Prestatyn, North Wales is starting to gather pace after locals reaction to its proposed demolition. 

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Prestatyn Signal Box © Ian S - Creative Commons Licence

The signal box, which has been in operation for 120 years, is closing as part of a North Wales railway upgrade scheme due to cost up to £50million. A petition started by the local community has amassed nearly 150 signatures so far and hopes to save the historic box from demolition. A Save Prestatyn Signal box Facebook group was also started when the communiity first heard the news. It now has more than 700 members. 

The signalling system in the area is currently being upgraded and is due to go live this Friday, which will spell the end of the Victorian, lever and bell based signalling system. 

Signallers who work in the Prestatyn signal box have been offered a transfer to another signal box or have had to take redundancy.

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