Ufton Nervet, UK: Opposition to grade-separation is unbelievable

4 Dec

Ten years on from the vehicular intentional death on the automatic level crossing claiming the lives of the train driver and five passengers too and since then a further four fatalities the case for grade-separation is greater than ever. Network Rail has the funding in place to eliminate this level crossing by way of a bridge in 2016 at a cost of between GBP8-10 million.

With the case made for grade-separation there are those in the local community who continue to believe that full barriers with associated obstacle detection is a better way ahead. Also, there remains a view that the expenditure is not justified as level crossings are safe when used properly.

The local MP, Richard Benyon, is a director of the company owning the land on which the bridge will be built. He is said to believe that the company cannot win as there is credible local opposition to the bridge on the one hand while those who were bereaved and injured in November 2004 and others continue to push for the elimination of the level crossing. Mr Benyon is reported as believing that the bridge is a sledgehammer to crack a nut; thus he is said to be opposed to the elimination of the level crossing.

2 Responses to “Ufton Nervet, UK: Opposition to grade-separation is unbelievable”

  1. John Tilly December 4, 2014 at 20:57 #

    Network Rail could have sought a TWA Order to build bridge and compulsorily purchase the land required within months of the 2004 disaster. There are no physical obstructions to building a bridge.

  2. aidannelson December 5, 2014 at 09:39 #

    Indeed!

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