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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.

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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

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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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.

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