Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 02 July 2018
From David Major

Representation

Roxhill developers have proposed a 5 million square foot strategic rail freight interchange adjacent to Junction 15 of the M1 to the west of the A508.

The existing traffic congestion on the M1, A45 and A508, is self evident and increases 'rat running' through residential roads. The number of HGV's and additional staff vehicles needed to service the proposed site will add enormous pressure onto our already congested roads.

The Roxhill 'Northampton Gateway' will be one of the largest warehouse developments in Europe and their biggest yet. It will displace 460 acres of agricultural land and its support for wildlife habitats. It is in conflict with the adopted Strategy for West Northamptonshire and local and neighbourhood plans.

Industry experts say that a Rail Interchange is not needed in this location because the DIRFT facility is only 18 miles further north and has expansion capacity for the next 20 years.

The likely occupiers would be non rail freight warehouse operators moving to be nearer to the M1. This would negate government objectives but the policies governing Rail Freight Interchanges do not prevent this.