There is a strong case to replace the Ufton Nervet crossing with a bridge on safety grounds. There is a strong case for a bridge or underpass to take traffic away from the junction at Wokingham station, given the congestion the level crossing gates cause and the possible threat to safety.
Replacing gates with a bridge helps all concerned. Through trains can go faster. Train drivers are spared the worry of something on the line, and the shock if there is an obstacle. Safety is improved substantially.
Meanwhile drivers can avoid the congestion and the danger of a level crossing. They do not have to worry about getting stuck on a busy crossing through a vehicle break down or the bad driving of others.
I raised this issue again today with the Secretary of State for Transport, who said there is some money available for this type of project. She offered me a meeting which I will take up. It does not mean we have won, but it does mean there is an opportunity to press our case. I will pursue it.