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Cleethorpes clock tower in a worse state than first thought

Work had to stop on structure at resort railway station.

The saga of the clock tower at Cleethorpes Railway Station continues after it was discovered its condition is “significantly worse” than originally thought.

Soon after work finally got underway by Network Rail it had to stop due to the structure being in a far worse state of rot than first appeared.

The clock has been shrouded in scaffolding and cling film-like wrap while work is carried out.

Network Rail will be applying to the council for permission to carry out different works as it is a Listed Building.

It is understood it is possible to put your finger through the main wooden load-bearing beams.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “Our original plan was to repair the clock in situ, but due to the condition of the tower being significantly worse than first reported we are now reviewing the options available to us.

“We are in discussion with the council about the best way to progress with the repairs and will provide further information once a plan is agreed.”

Some people have said that the clock tower has been an accident waiting to happen claiming the wood is rotten and so thin it could collapse at any time.

The station clock has been a significant feature for both locals and tourists since the station buildings were built in the 1800s. But over recent years, it has decayed. As previously reported, Network Rail told the Telegraph it was working with both TransPennine Express and the Railway Heritage Group to repair the clock.