Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 05 July 2018
From Lynda Payton

Representation

I object strongly to the proposal regarding Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange on the following grounds.
1. That Roxhill have failed to make a case for the need of the RFI. Planning policy states there should be RFI's spread evenly across different regions. There are already several RFI's in East Midlands, one at Daventry (DIRFT) is only 18 miles away and I understand has 30 years expansion capacity.
2. I understand the West Coast Mainline/NCC Highways has confirmed a lack of extra freight capacity on the Northampton Loop Line. In order to increase freight capacity passenger services may have to be reduced. With increased house building, particularly in Roade, Towcester, Wootton and Grange Park there is a need to expand passenger services, not reduce them.
3. Northamptonshire has full employment which means there is no available local workforce. Workers would have to travel from outside the region adding to pollution and road congestion.
4. I understand 16,500 additional vehicle movements are predicted on local roads which are already heavily congested with large queues accessing Jnct 15 M1 at peak hours. Increased traffic movement to and from the site will add to pollution. The site will also cause light pollution in a rural area.
5. I believe 520 acres of farmland and wildlife habitats will be destroyed. Part of the site boundary adjoins the Grade 2 listed Northampton Arm Canal lock flight which will be adversely affected by development.
6. The M1 has been identified as a development buffer zone in the South Northants Local Plan. Once development crosses this boundary more will inevitably follow joining up rural villages to Northampton.