Ufton Nervet: Network Rail reveals design of proposed bridge

23 Apr

Network Rail has unveiled a design for a bridge over the railway to replace the Ufton automatic half-barrier equipped level crossing which has been the scene of a number of fatal events since 2004 when a train driver and five passengers were killed when a suicidal motorist who was also killed stopped his car on the level crossing to take his own life. Four further deaths have been recorded at the Ufton level crossing since then.

Network Rail has said that work will start on the bridge in 2016, subject to the grant of planning permission. The site within which the bridge will be constructed has been said to be complicated and constricted. The bridge will be 9 metres high with earth banked approaches planted with native tree species. Submission of a planning application  to West Berkshire Council will occur after the May 7th local government elections.

This project is one of 500 to close level crossings between 2014 and 2019. The rolling programme of crossing closures should reach 1,400 by 2019.

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