Ufton Nervet, UK: Safety record generates interest in latest fatality

19 Oct

A further fatality on the automatic half-barrier level crossing at Ufton Nervet in Berkshire has reignited debate of the safety record of this level cross in particular. The latest event saw a man fatally injured when he was struck by a train at about 18.50 on October 16th, 2014. Since the November 2004 vehicular intentional death that derailed a train with catastrophic consequences. Since then there has been a further three fatalities. In so far as the latest fatality is concerned, it has been deemed to be non-suspicious.

Network Rail has said since 2012 that its preferred solution is for the crossing to be replaced with a bridge over the railway. However, the timing of this risk reduction measure is at present unknown.

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