Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 29 June 2018
From Mrs Sarah Smith

Representation

For those of us in the communities around the proposed site who commute out of Northampton to other areas of work, Milton Keynes in my case and for many others, the routes out of Northampton are already too busy. If the proposed plans for the Interchange were to get approval this will put a significant increased pressure on Jct 15 which already struggles every morning with the flow of traffic and will push more traffic through Roade and onto the A508 which again struggles everyday already.
The road improvements to the A5 roundabout with the A508 have had little effect on the traffic queuing from Cosgrove area down to the A5 each morning and any additional traffic will have a significant impact on those routes.
The A45 suffers daily due to delays on the M1 which back up as far as Earls Barton in some cases and impacts those trying to get to Brackmills. With this being a major site of employment in the area, there will be an impact on not only those who live in the immediate area but also those trying to get to work in and out of town.
Jct 15 to 14 is the longest stretch on the M1 without a junction and there are incident's and delays daily along this route. This will be a disaster in terms of traffic to the local area, not to mention the light and noise pollution to those nearer the proposed site and destruction of local wildlife habitats.
Why build another site when DIRFT already has plans to expand over the next 20 yrs and is so close by? the area simply cannot cope with such an industrial expansion without a massive restructure of the road systems of surrounding areas. Any such expansion and restructure of our road network is likely to take years and will have a massive negative impact on the local residents trying to get about their daily lives.