Plans to restore historic Lydd Railway Station ravaged by fire – Kent Live


The group’s members intend to fundraise towards a restoration of the disused station
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Plans have been proposed to restore the Lydd Railway Station after it was hit by a fire. The roof of the nearly 150-year-old station was destroyed as the fire ripped through the building in November.
The blaze had started around 1am on November 8 and four fire engines were there at its height. It had taken crews several hours to extinguish the fire and they worked well into the next morning.
Lydd Station Heritage Group, which before the fire had been hoping to get the station building listed, wants to see it rise phoenix like from the ashes. The group's members intend to fundraise towards saving and restoring the station and want to see it used for the community, perhaps as a café.
Read more: Crews tackle fire at Lydd Railway Station
The group, set up last year with a dream to "save a unique building", has brought together more than 400 people who share the vision. The station opened on December 7 in 1881 and served passengers right up until the late 1960s, when its main use was shifted to transport freight.
In one of the furthest points west of the county, Lydd station is in Romney Marsh and its single track has remained in place more than 50 years after its closure. The track was built by the Lydd Railway Company and run by South Eastern Railway.
It was originally named Lydd, but was renamed Lydd Town in the late 1930s after the opening of Lydd-on-Sea Halt. The station closed to passengers in 1967, thought general freight still used it. But by October 1971, the line closed. The station building is in private ownership, KentLive understands.
A Network Rail spokesman said it worked with the Government and local authorities on potential new stations. They added: "The government's Restoring Your Railway fund is currently working on finding suitable candidates for new passenger services, and we're working with councils in north Kent on the potential for bringing passenger trains back to the Isle of Grain.
"However, while the railway to Lydd is still in use, the challenges and costs of upgrading 14 level crossings to allow fast passenger trains across them, along with the relative lack of population in the area, means it's not currently a location we're actively pursuing."
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