Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 05 July 2018
From Brian Lewthwaite


1. It is doubtful that there is either the rail capacity or user demand for this monstrous development neither does there seem to be any evidence to support the viability of the proposal.

2. There is already a relatively new RFI (DIRFT) within 20 miles. I understand this has plenty of capacity. Various others (about 30) exist within easy driving distance in or around Coventry. Where is all the new business going to come from that is not already using the nearby DIRFTs? Or could this be merely an excuse to build a huge warehouse site (with or without a rail connection) on cheap agricultural land. The land could be put to excellent use providing us with home grown produce and reducing our dependence on imports especially in the light of BREXIT!

3.There are only two railway sidings in the plan leaving many warehouses without a rail link. This would seem to be plain old fashioned storage facilities with nothing to do with the railway.

4. The effect of this RFI on local traffic will be outrageous. Junction 15 is already a nightmare for drivers of all vehicles - lorries that overturn and cars that get shunted (or even crushed) - and the A508 is often at a standstill especially at around 4.00 pm when it is the end of the school day in Roade. Junction 15 was "improved" several years ago but really to no good effect.There is a limit to what can be achieved in this area and we are clearly already past it. As to new roads see paragraph 2 above.

5. Lots of additional staff will be required but from what source given that unemployment in the county is at 0.7%. They will have to travel using expensive imported fuel and creating a large increase in pollution (both greenhouse gas from petrol cars and the even more deadly nitrous oxide from diesel). The noise pollution and light pollution will also increase significantly and particularly in our village. Whose children suffer? (not the developers I'm sure).

6. For the better part of my life I have lived in the country and would not consider town dwelling. It now looks as if the village of Roade (to which I moved 18 months ago) is becoming a suburb of Northampton (despite the M1). How many years in the future will it be before it becomes necessary to build an M1 Toll to bypass all this local traffic?

7. Are the developers offering any compensation to local inhabitants because of the huge change to their lifestyles? This does not necessarily mean money but could be facilities like doctors surgeries, larger sewage plants, hospital beds, schools, shops, recreational facilities, anti-noise fences or other structures, social club buildings or any other lifestyle improving facilities.

8. If approval is given it is absolutely essential that the Roade bypass is constructed before the opening or the whole road network will lock solid for long periods of the day.

9. Can it please be ensured that the full effects of BREXIT are taken into account.