Hebden Bridge signal boxes given listed status

Hebden Bridge signal box

Hebden Bridge signal box

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Hebden Bridge signal box has been given grade two listed status after a joint English Heritage and Network Rail project to safeguard the nation’s railway signalling heritage.

It was built in 1891 and is one of only a handful of Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway boxes to survive in good condition. It is among 26 to be listed as Network Rail decommissions many mechanical signal boxes to consolidate signalling into 12 regional centres. Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey praised Network Rail’s efforts along with those of English Heritage to bring the project to a successful outcome. Fewer than 500 boxes are still in use from a high of 10,000.