Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 28 June 2018
From Ruth O'Donegan

Representation

This application is in close proximity to an existing rail freight site (DIRFT) and there are multiple others in application stage in the immediate area. It doesn't seem to fit with a national network. It's more of a local cluster.
The Northampton area has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country. The jobs are not needed here. Employees will end up travelling from outside the area to the site further impacting
road congestion.
There is no evidence of spare rail network capacity on the line this development will connect to. If there is no capacity for rail freight for this development then it is just another warehousing site.
The local road network is already extremely congested at peak times. The road improvements proposed only appear to benefit users of this development. They do little to address congestion on the A508 further south than the site. I am concerned about the ability of the site to stop HGV's travelling south on the A508.
The development breaches the M1 boundary of Northampton and builds on open countryside. I am concerned about pollution and loss of access to the countryside. If this application is approved there is likely to be further development in this rural area.
The developer has failed to secure local planning support for its original plans and has now scaled up those plans under the guise of a national infrastructure project in order to try again.