Berkshire

Ufton Nervet rail deaths crossing backed by council

Ufton Nervet rail crash in November 2004
Image caption Seven people died at Ufton Nervet when their train hit a parked car in 2004

A council has offered its help to build a bridge over a rail crossing where eight people have died.

Network Rail said last week that a bridge was its preferred option but it would depend on getting consent from landowners.

West Berkshire council had previously voted in favour of a full barrier at the Ufton Nervet crossing.

But the authority said it welcomes any safety measures and offered to assist with planning or highways issues.

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

Councillor Keith Chopping, member for highways and transport, said: "This has been some time coming but we welcome the decision.

"Although the council voted for a full barrier crossing, we are pleased to see that Network Rail's proposal is for the provision of a road bridge, providing they can secure government funding."

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