Tuesday 27th September 2016


Banbury’s two Edwardian signal boxes are being made redundant by the Banbury Area Upgrade scheme. South box has already gone. Despite efforts to save the North Signal Box, the date for its demolition has been set for the 8th October 2016.

The ‘Project Crossover’ team and Network Rail will be holding open days from mid August until early October, to enable members of the public, local schools, enthusiast groups and local businesses to be able to see the signal box in working condition for the final time.

A safe access route will be installed to allow pre-booked tours to take place. These tours will demonstrate how signal boxes work, teach about railway safety and the dangers of railway trespass and outline Banbury’s former importance as a key railway junction on the UK rail network.


The group was praised by Network Rail for their professional approach in attempting to secure long term access to the box, given all the challenges they faced, however they we were unable to secure the £162,000 surety required to underwrite the project, despite raising over an amazing £23,500 in 3 weeks from crowd-funding and appeals .

Pledges from local businesses of between £500 and £5,000 were received from the likes of local Banbury companies Norbar Torque Tools, Peter Haines Engineers, Tapper Interiors, RP Lovatt Insurance and Belos Ecology. Donations and pledges of up to £1,000 were received from individuals from across the country. All money donated through Just Giving has now been refunded.

The group expresses special thanks for the support, guidance and specialist advice provided by comparable heritage groups (notably Epping Signal Box, St Albans South Signal Box, St James Deeping Signal Box, Princes Risborough Signal Box and the Swindon Panel Society) as well as all those involved in the rail industry on a day to day basis who have helped to get the project to where it is today. Special thanks are also due to Solid Structures Ltd of Hook Norton, who produced a vital structural survey report at extremely short notice.


Whilst we are disappointed that efforts to retain the Signal Box have been in vain, without the level of support and effort by all concerned, the unprecedented public access opportunity to the North Box would not exist.

Please help us make the most of this opportunity by spreading the word through local, business and rail networks.

We are in discussion with Network Rail and local bodies regarding the retention of Signal Box and signalling artefacts locally as a reminder of the public of Banbury’s important rail heritage.

Further details regarding the open events will be published in due course shortly through this Facebook group. The Project Crossover Steering Group group can alternatively be contacted at banburynorth@gmail.com.

Banbury South Signal Box was demolished on Saturday 30th July ‘16. Banbury North Signal Box will follow around Saturday 8th October ‘16.


Banbury North Signal Box
Farewell Tour

It’s all about change I guess
Switching to the future
Pulling and pushing at the past
The brass polished as a matter of pride
Reminds me of a fire station
The floor gleaming and the mop laid to rest
A home from home feeling about the place
Welsh coal heats the box
Smoke dispels down the line
Bells and buzzers still playing their role
We frottage about the place trying to create
A crow as black as the Welsh coal calls from atop the lamppost
And a class 66 zings past and salutes the Bobbies

John Bish September 27th 2016


Straight From The Heart

Bryan Adams

I could start dreamin’ but it never ends
As long as you’re gone we may as well pretend
I’ve been dreamin’
Straight from the heart

You say it’s easy but who’s to say
That we’d be able to keep it this way
But it’s easier
Straight from the heart

Give it to me straight from the heart
Tell me we can make another start
You know I’ll never go
As long as I know
It’s comin’ straight from the heart

I’ll see you on the street some other time
And all our words would just fall out of line
I was dreamin’
Straight from the heart

Give it to me straight from the heart
Tell me we can make another start
You know I’ll never go
As long as I know
It’s coming straight from the heart

Give it to me straight from the heart
Tell me we can make one more start
You know I’ll never go
As long as I know
It’s coming straight from the heart


CSK 0 Spurs 1

The South Korea star made it five goals for the season – in fact, five in his last three away games – as we recovered from the disappointment of losing our opening match in the competition at Wembley a fortnight ago.
Erik Lamela sent Son clear in the 71st minute and he squeezed his finish through the advancing Igor Akinfeev.

It was no less than we deserved at Arena CSKA in Moscow as we controlled the game from start to finish and racked up another 22 attempts at goal (to the home side’s eight).
Dele Alli came closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half when his rasper rattled the crossbar. Son, Lamela and Vincent Janssen all had half-chances before Son finally hit the net to grab maximum points.
Meanwhile, Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen drew 1-1 in France, so we’ve moved above the German side into second in Group E.



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