THE notorious half-barrier level crossing at Ufton Nervet will be replaced with a bridge after West Berkshire councillors unanimously voted in favour of the plans last night (Weds).
There have been calls to improve safety at the site since a fatal crash on November 6, 2004, in which seven people died and more than 120 were injured.
Since then, another four people have lost their lives at the crossing, taking the number of fatalities to eleven in the past eleven years.
On the eve of the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 crash, Network Rail announced it had found the £8m to £10m required to build a bridge.
Voting in favour of the plans at an eastern area planning meeting last night, councillor Alan Law (Con, Basildon) said the bridge had been a "long time coming".
At the meeting a representative from Network Rail, Dan Collins, said that work would start in early 2016 and that it should be opened by the end of next year.
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