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Ufton Nervet crossing 'to be replaced with bridge'

rom:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-20169287

2 November 2012 Last updated at 10:02

.Ufton Nervet crossing 'to be replaced with bridge'
Seven people were killed at Ufton Nervet after their train hit a parked car on the track in November 2004

Network Rail in Berkshire is planning to erect a bridge in place of a rail crossing where eight people have died.

Residents have long called for action to be taken to improve the crossing at Ufton Nervet.

In 2004 a train derailed killing seven, and in May of this year a man on a moped died on the level crossing.

The firm said a bridge was the preferred option but it would depend on planning and highways consent as it did not own the land.

But it said it was proceeding with the bridge plan in the meantime, looking at land purchase, designs and funding.

Jane Hawker from Newbury is one of the survivors of the 2004 crash.

She said: "I would be very pleased to think that a bridge would be built.

"I've wanted that crossing to be looked at from a safety point of view since the accident that I was involved in, and obviously the deaths that have happened since then."

To replace the crossing, between Aldermaston and Theale, the company said it would also need to secure additional funding.

Patrick Hallgate, Network Rail route managing director, said: "We have a once-in-a generation opportunity to make changes at Ufton Nervet as part of our plans to re-signal and electrify the line.

"It is our view that we have a strong case to close the crossing and replace it with a road bridge.

"Every crossing that we close removes the risk of a person or vehicle being struck by a train and improves safety for everyone on the railway and for those who travel across it."

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