Historic signal box is saved

20/02/04, SOS,NEWS, TRANSPORT TRAINS, RAILWAYS,. A MAN CROSSES THE LEVEL CROSSING  AT CARNOUSTIE STATION WITH A DESSERTED PLATFOM  BEHIND IT.  ACCORDING TO REPORTS IS THE LEAST USED STATION IN SCOTLAND. PIC IAN RUTHERFORD

20/02/04, SOS,NEWS, TRANSPORT TRAINS, RAILWAYS,. A MAN CROSSES THE LEVEL CROSSING AT CARNOUSTIE STATION WITH A DESSERTED PLATFOM BEHIND IT. ACCORDING TO REPORTS IS THE LEAST USED STATION IN SCOTLAND. PIC IAN RUTHERFORD

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Carnoustie Station’s iconic signal box has been saved from demolition - for the time being at least.

The structure, which has been in place in the two for more than 115 years, was under threat from modernisation plans by Network Rail.

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey has welcomed news that the historic signal box is to be spared demolition and control of the level crossing on Station Road retained within the town for the foreseeable future.

Network Rail had been planning to demolish the manned signal box, which was built in 1898, to facilitate installation of modern crossing barriers, with control of those barriers moving first to Dundee, by the end of 2016, and eventually Edinburgh.

However, they have advised the MSP, these plans have been scrapped.

Mr Dey revealed to the Guide & Gazette: “The long term aspiration of NetworkRail remains to control the new barriers remotely from Dundee but operationally that isn’t possible in the short to medium term and therefore, for what they are describing as the “immediate future”, there will be an ongoing requirement for a manned signal box at Carnoustie.

“The further good news is that installation of the new, more modern and safer barriers, will proceed as planned only Network Rail have identified a means of doing this without having to even partially demolish the signal box, to make way for the control mechanism.

“So for some time to come we’ll continue to have a manned signal box in Carnoustie with an updated barrier system in place, which I think is a very welcome outcome.”