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Network Rail and West Berkshire Council have announced a number of improvements are to be carried out at the area.
Measures include plans to prevent trains 'overhanging' the level crossing, to reduce the time that the barrier is down, and to improve the south bound traffic flow around the sorting office access in next year's highways programme.
This would see the provision of a dedicated right turn lane to prevent right turners blocking the southbound flow.
All of these options would be subject to public consultation.
The improvements were the result of an independent survey.
West Berkshire Council's acting executive councillor for highways, Keith Chopping (Con, Sulhamstead) said: "All the options have been carefully studied and considered.
"The overhanging work and dedicated right turn along with ongoing partnership work with Network Rail regarding electrification efficiency are the most immediate, practical and affordable solutions."
The option of bridge over the crossing has been ruled out.



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