Plans to convert an empty listed building at a station into a museum have been put on hold.

The Chorleywood Signal Box project hoped to bring a museum to Chorleywood station that would contain memorabilia, pictures and descriptions associated with the history of the railway that opened in 1889.

Chorleywood’s two-floor signal box has been unused for some time, and despite Transport for London (TfL) repairing and repainting the external structure, the inside was left in a “poor state” after the removal of equipment in 1966.

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It was estimated that the refurbishment would cost £15,000 in local donations.

Watford Observer: Outside the station Credit: Street ViewOutside the station Credit: Street View

However, the Friends of Chorleywood Signal Box has issued a newsletter explaining the committee has decided to withdraw from the project.

The group states it has been talking to TfL for three years, but has been unable to get confirmation on vital points.

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The newsletter added: “We have insufficient funds to proceed primarily because of unanticipated TfL charges to be made to us to draw up a legal 10-year lease. 

“This requires a survey within TfL estimated to cost £2,000 plus legal fees of £3,000+. Additionally, there will be our legal fees. 

“All this is preliminary to obtaining uncertain grant funding for contractors' work for safe access and internal refurbishment to make the building suitable for museum use.”

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