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Bridge planned at level crossing

A bridge like this will replace the level crossing at Ufton Nervet Credit: ITV Meridian

The level crossing at Ufton Nervet in Berkshire where seven people died in a 2004 rail accident is to be closed and replaced with a bridge like this.

It brings to an end a long campaign by local people and those involved in the accident for safety improvements just days before the anniversary of the accident.

Network Rail looked at three options but say the safest is a bridge.

The company will now look to design the new road crossing, negotiate with land owners and find the necessary funding.

Ufton Nervet crossing to shut

Network Rail has announced its preferred option for replacing the level crossing in Ufton Nervet where seven people died in an accident in 2004.

The crossing is due to be renewed and the rail firm has studied the feasibility of the three options available including replacing the crossing with a road bridge, an underpass or installing full-barriers. The company's preferred choice is to replace the level crossing with a bridge.

Demands for new crossing after eight deaths

Network Rail today promised to make a decision on the future of the Ufton Nervet level crossing within a month.

Campaigners have handed a petition to West Berkshire Council demanding a new safer crossing at the spot where eight people have died since 2004.

They say the existing crossing with half barriers is not safe. They're demanding full barriers and CCTV.

Today, Network Rail said a review will be complete within weeks. Options include a bridge and barriers that fully cross the road.

Wokingham MP John Redwood said he's been to see the new Transport Secretary to get his backing for a new full barrier level crossing.

The controversial crossing falls within his Berksire constituency. Mr Redwood says it is vital improvements are made.

In November 2004 seven people were killed when motorist Brian Drysdale parked his car on the crossing.

It was hit by a high speed train killing the driver, Stan Martin, and five passengers. In May this year another person was killed on a scooter at the crossing.

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Demands for new Ufton Nervet level crossing

Campaigners have handed a petition to West Berkshire Council demanding a new safer level crossing at Ufton Nervet where eight people have died since 2004. They say the existing crossing with half barriers is not safe. They're demanding full barriers and CCTV.

In November 2004 seven people were killed when motorist Brian Drysdale parked his car on the crossing. It was hit by a high speed train killing the driver, Stan Martin, and five passengers. In May this year another person was killed on a scooter at the crossing.

One dead in train crash

A train accident in Berkshire - at the scene of an unmanned level crossing - has left one person dead.

It happened at Ufton Nervet, near Reading, when a scooter rider was hit by a train earlier today. There have been calls to make the crossing safer, with signal operated barriers.

In 2004, seven people were killed when a train de-railed, after hitting a car that had parked on the tracks. From the scene, Nicola Hendy sends this.

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