A FORMER Monmouthshire railway station building could find a new home and a new lease of life at the National History Museum in St Fagans.

A decision about the future of the old building in the Raglan depot will be made by cabinet member Cllr Bob Greenland next week.

According to a report, it is becoming increasingly dilapidated through neglect and damage from vehicles manoeuvring in the vicinity.

Roger Hoggins, the council's head of operations, said the building was clearly visible from the dual carriageway.

There were previous plans to convert it into offices in an effort to save it but it is in poor condition and refurbishment would have cost an estimated £85,000.

Mr Hoggins said the senior curator at St Fagans had expressed an interest in taking down the building and re-erecting it as a working station on the railway line next to the museum.

He has recommended it should be offered to the National History Museum free of charge and for a timetable to be agreed for its dismantling.

Mr Hoggins said the condition of the building is deteriorating significantly and unless the museum removed the building it would have to be demolished or funding found to refurbish it.

He added that officers had been approached by railway groups interested in removing the building but none had returned with a plan.

"It seems quite likely at this stage that the museum would have the resources to undertake the project and within an agreed timescale."

There would be no costs to the council if the building is taken to St Fagans.

However, if this could not be achieved, the building could face demolition and this would cost an estimated £10,000.