Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 04 July 2018
From Patricia Hargreaves

Representation

I believe that there is no need for this application. There is a Rail Freight Interchange approx. 17 miles up the road that is still under construction and is not running at full capacity. The M1 Motorway between junction 14 and 16 is the busiest part of the motorway and with the worst record of hold up, I do not believe that the motorways or local roads are capable dealing with approx. 20,000 extra vehicles a day, 44,000 if the proposed RFI by Ashfield Land gets the go ahead. Neither RFI's has addressed the cumulative effects to the area with any real seriousness. Neither has got past grip 2 in the process for rail connectivity, and I believe its doubtfull that very little will even be used by rail, it will be another warehouse blight in Northamptonshire. We also have so few people that are unemployed in the area that all employment will have to come from other Towns/Cities, very doubtfull that they will come from MK or South as they get paid more, and if you were to travel North much more likely they will go to work in Daventry as closer to home, with Brexit upon us wont be so easy to get from Eastern Europe who supply most of the warehouse labour.