Reactions to plan to close Ufton Nervet crossing

The Ufton Nervet disaster happened in 2004

Network Rail's announcement that it plans to close the level crossing at Ufton Nervet in Berkshire where seven people died in a rail accident in 2004 has been welcomed by the local community.

The news that the crossing is to be replaced with a bridge comes on the anniversary of the crash. Local residents and those affected by the disaster have been campaigning for safety improvements ever since the accident. Patrick Hallgate from Network Rail shared the firm's future plans for the level crossing:

Network Rail will now look to design the new road crossing, negotiate with land owners and find the necessary funding for the project.

David Main who lives in Newbury lost his partner Anjanette Rossi and daughter Louella Main, aged nine, in the tragedy. Today, speaking to our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse, David Main welcomed the news that the Ufton level crossing will be replaced with a bridge.

Councillor Geoff Mayes (Lib Dem) from West Berkshire Council led the campaign for improvements. Here he gives his reaction to today's news: