5 November 2014
RMT renews call for level crossing action ten years after fatal crash at Ufton Nervet
RAIL UNION RMT today issued a renewed call for the speeding up of the phasing out of level crossings on the eve of the tenth anniversary of the crash on the crossing at Ufton Nervet on the Paddington to Plymouth line where a train crashed with a car killing seven people, including the driver, and seriously injuring 37 passengers.
Despite reports and recommendations from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch the crossing at Ufton Nervet remains in place and plans by Network Rail to replace it with a bridge have not been implemented. Since the crash in – on November 6th 2004 - a further 11 people have died at the crossing with the latest fatality occurring just last month.
In September 2011 there was a major near-miss at Ufton Nervet when a train narrowly avoided a collision with a car.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“On the 10th Anniversary of the disaster at Ufton Nervet we remember the driver and the members of the public who lost their lives in the tragedy. They will never be forgotten.
“Ten years on it is almost impossible to believe that the action that needs to be taken to make this particularly crossing safe has not been implemented and that the death toll continues to rise. RMT continues to press both Network Rail and the local council to take the measures that have been talked about and promised for years to protect both the public and staff alike. There should be no more delays.”
“Ufton Nervet serves as a constant reminder of the ever-present danger of mixing road with rail and RMT will continue to campaign for the speed-up of the phasing out of level crossings and their replacement with modern solutions that put the safety of both rail staff and the public as an absolute priority. Cost and planning rows should not be the deciding factors when lives are at risk on a daily basis.”