A century-old signal box has been demolished despite a campaign by railway enthusiasts to save it. The Oxfordshire box, dating from 1901, was reduced to rubble overnight as campaigners watched from a bridge. One protester said former signalmen would be 'turning in their graves', while another described the flattened Banbury North box as a 'crime scene'. Network Rail said it was replacing more than 800 remaining signal boxes with 12 Regional Operating Centres (ROCs).
One protester said ex-signalmen would turn "in their graves" as Network Rail demolished the box.