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Bridge work starts at scene of level crossing tragedy

It's been a long time coming. But work has finally started on the bridge to replace the level crossing at Ufton Nervet where eleven people have died in as many years.

Seven passengers were killed when a train hit a parked car in November 2004. The bridge will mean that can't happen again.

But why has it taken more than a decade for work to start.? Divya Kohli has our report.

Work starts on bridge at Ufton Nervet

Residents will learn about the scheme on Monday Credit: ITV

Construction work is starting on a bridge to replace the level crossing at Ufton Nervet in Berkshire.

In 2004 seven people were killed when a car collided with a train at the station.

The bridge will completely separate road and rail traffic. Residents are being invited to a drop-in event to view the work on Monday.

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Have your say on plans to replace level crossing

The crash site at Ufton Nervet in 2004 Credit: PA

People will be able to have their say on plans to replace a Berkshire level crossing, where seven people died and more than seventy were injured.

Network Rail wants to replace the level crossing at Ufton Nervet with a bridge, completely separating road and rail traffic.

There've been several dangerous incidents at the crossing since the train crash back in 2004.

A 'drop-in' event to hear local views is being held a week today at Sulhamstead village hall.

Candles lit in memory of victims of Ufton Nervet rail crash

Marking 10 years since the Ufton Nervet rail crash, people light candles at a memorial service in Berkshire to remember the victims.

A minute's silence was held to pay tribute to the seven people who lost their lives and gave relatives and survivors of the crash a chance to come together to support each other.

Memorial service to remember the victims of the Ufton Nervet rail crash

People gather to remember Credit: ITV news

A memorial service has been held in Berkshire tonight - to remember the victims of one of the country's worst rail disasters. It's ten years to the day since the 17:35 from London to Plymouth careered off the tracks after it hit a car on a remote level crossing at Ufton Nervet.

A minute's silence was held to pay tribute to the seven people who lost their lives. It also gave relatives and survivors of the crash a chance to come together to support each other.

Service held at the memorial garden for those who died Credit: ITV news

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Renewed safety calls for Ufton Nervet crossing

Ten years on from a level crossing tragedy in Berkshire that claimed seven lives, a rail union is calling for safety measures to be finally brought in. On the evening of November 6 2004, a London toPlymouth First Great Western train collided with a car that had beendeliberately driven on to an automatic half-barrier level crossing at UftonNervet. Seven people were killed including the driver of the car - chef Brian Drysdale, 48, of Reading, Berkshire - and the driver of the train StanleyMartin, 54, from Torquay in Devon. There have been a number of deaths andaccidents at the crossing since the 2004 incident. The latest of them was justlast month when Gary Provins, 60, from Calcot, near Reading, was struck by atrain and killed at the crossing. Police said his death was not being treatedas suspicious.

On the 10th anniversary of the disaster at Ufton Nervet we remember the driver and the members of the public who lost their lives in the tragedy. They will never be forgotten. Ten years onit is almost impossible to believe that the action that needs to be taken tomake this particularly crossing safe has not been implemented and that thedeath toll continues to rise. We continue to press both Network Rail and the local council to take the measures that have been talked about and promised for years to protect both the public and staff alike. There should be no moredelays. Ufton Nervet serves as a constant reminder of the ever-present danger of mixing road with rail and RMT will continue to campaign for the speed-up of the phasing out of level crossings and their replacement with modern solutions that put the safety of both rail staff and the public as an absolute priority. Cost and planning rows should not be the deciding factors when lives are at risk on a daily basis.

– Mick Cash, General Secretary of the RMT Transport Union
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