Urgent funds required to save Banbury’s Signal Box North

Banbury Railway Station. Signal box. NNL-150302-162950009
Banbury Railway Station. Signal box. NNL-150302-162950009

Time is running out for Banbury’s historic Signal Box North as a May 9 deadline for funding approaches.

In an attempt to raise the £60,000 required to satisfy the current owners, Network Rail, that the group has the financial backing to assume responsibility for the signal box a crowdfunding page has been created.

The crowdfunding.JustGiving.com site has so far raised just £1,692 but Rob Kinchin-Smith, the chairman of the group, says that a further £4000 has been pledged via email.

In the final week before the group meet with Network Rail letters and emails will be going out to local businesses in the hopes of finding a corporate donor.

Mr Kinchin-Smith said; “There’s a good chance that if we can’t show some big money by May 9th we may have to accept we’re going to lose the box.”

If finances can be raised the box will be transformed into it an educational resource aimed at railway enthusiasts, the general public and primary school groups to learn about railways and the dangers of railway trespass.

All pledges will be returned in full should the demolition take place.