VIDEO: Retired architect submits alternate plans for Billingshurst signal box

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A retired architect has submitted proposals that he hopes could avoid moving the signal box at Billingshurst Railway Station to the council.

Peter Marshall, from Lower Station Road, Billingshurst, submitted the sketch to Network Rail via an intermediary, who are currently in talks with West Sussex County Council about widening the road, and possibly re-homing the Grade II listed signal box.

JPCT 19-12-12 S12510579X Peter Marshall, Billingshurst resident submitting alternative sketches on railwat crossing widening proposal -photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT 19-12-12 S12510579X Peter Marshall, Billingshurst resident submitting alternative sketches on railwat crossing widening proposal -photo by Steve Cobb

As one of the oldest surviving signal boxes could be moved to the Bluebell Railway in East Sussex under plans presented to Billingshurst Parish Council back in March, however Mr Marshall thinks that money could be saved by widening the road without moving the box.

He said: “The main thing is the signal box stays where it is, and the roadworks are much simpler and it retains the footbridge where it is.”

WSCC said it was in discussions with Horsham District Council, Network Rail, and Billingshurst Parish Council.

The next meeting will take place in January. Network Rail will have to submit a planning application for any changes to HDC.

For the full story see this Thursday’s County Times.

 

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