Phase One of a programme of urgent works to save the historic railway station at Nene Valley Railway has now been completed.
The former station building was purchased by the Nene Valley Railway Trust in 2014 from an adjacent landowner who had little use for the building. The property, a Grade II listed building, dates from 1845 and was originally part of the London North Western Railway Northampton-Peterborough line. Designed in a Jacobean style to complement the neighbouring Stibbington Hall, the building is constructed from limestone with a slate roof. The former canopy to the platform elevation was removed in 1957 when the station closed.
With support from Huntingdonshire District Council, a programme of works, which will eventually lead to the full restoration of the old station building, has now commenced. The building, which was badly affected by dry rot and structural failure, has undergone a number of emergency repairs to stabilise the property whilst the Trust seeks grant funding for the full restoration of the site.
Cllr Graham Bull, Executive Councillor for Planning Policy, Housing and Infrastructure, said: "This is an exciting project. The Nene Valley Railway is an important tourism destination in this district and the long term plans to secure the correct restoration of this important listed building are welcomed. The council is working closely with the Trust to facilitate this project."