Celebrations as Warmley Signal Box reopens

warmley signal box, 1 sept 024The newly refurbished Warmley Signal Box was officially opened at a special ceremony today.

Blowing his whistle and waving a green flag to declare the box open was Graham Darby, one of the last signalmen who worked at the box. He arrived on a vintage bus which was running a free service between Warmley and Avon Valley Railway at Bitton during the day.

The opening coincided with the 95th anniversary of the signal box and there was a 1918 theme, with organisers and guests dressed in period outfits, including  Jacquie Stephens, of Save Warmley and Siston Green Spaces, a leading light in the campaign to get the box reopened.

There was a festival feel to the day with events taking place across the road in Warmley Forest Park, including puppet shows, live music from local musicians, stalls, Avon Alpacas and refreshments.  There were also musicians at the nearby Warmley Waiting Room café.

Built in 1918, Warmley Signal Box was last used in 1968 when there was a freight railway. The building is on two levels and still has its original mechanisms, weights and levers. It now has electricity, lighting and a brand new viewing platform.

The Grade II listed building sits on the Bristol and Bath Railway Path where it cuts across the London Road in Warmley.

From this autumn it will be available for hire for community and business events and parties. For more information go to www.southglos.gov.uk/signalbox

And events will be taking place at the Warmley Signal Box and is part of South Gloucestershire’s Discover Festival, which runs from 12th September to 1st November.

Pictured at the official opening is Graham Darby with the chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, Cllr Ian Boulton