Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 09 July 2018
From Kim Chapman

Representation

I am writing to strongly object to this proposal as I feel that the increased traffic through our village would be severely detrimental to our life and health. The roads are already severely congested and when the M1 is closed due to accidents, which is unfortunately a regular occurrence, then the roads are gridlocked for many miles around including the A5 and the small arterial roadways that connect the small villages in the area. This along with the extra pollution would have lasting implications on our breathing in the dirty air and the noise from the lorries and extra trains, especially at night, will impact greatly on our lives, as I live just behind the railway line & 100m off the A508.
There is no shortage of workforce in the local area so most people will have to travel to the site adding extra traffic to the roads. We already have a huge amount of residential construction in all the local villages and the roads are already showing signs of strain with congestion and surface deterioration due to this.
All of this along with the destruction of our wildlife habitat and the likely increase in crime (as has happened at DIRFT) is scandalous especially as the close proximity to DIRFT which has many empty units that could be utilised.