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Appeal to Network Rail to rethink plans for Suffolk station

The Victorian Society is calling on Network Rail to cancel plans to demolish Trimley Station building, near Felixstowe.

The company, which owns and operates Britain's rail infrastructure, has warned local campaigners that if redevelopment plans are not underway by the new year then the 1891 station will come down, and be replaced by a small fence.

The station was recently included on the Victorian Society's list of the top ten most endangered Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales.

The station is currently in a poor state of repair but it has the potential to enhance the character and appearance of the local area', said Alex Baldwin, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society. 'Simple buildings such as this one are an important part of our heritage and to demolish the station would be an unnecessary waste.'

A friends group has now been established for the station and it is willing to take on the burden of sourcing funding, carrying out the work and finding a new use for the building. The Society is urging Network Rail to give them more time to do this.

 

Friday 13 November, 2009

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