Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 10 July 2018
From Michael Davies

Representation

I object to the application.
1. There isn't a demonstration that there is a need.
2. It has not been shown that the railway infrastructure can cope with the proposed application, which, as a Strategic Rail Freight terminal, it needs to.
3. I do not believe the designs for Junction 15 and 15A of the M1 motorway are sufficient to cope with the additional commercial traffic.
4. The M1 motorway, despite being altered to a "smart" motorway will still not be able to cope, let alone if there's a blocked lane due to an accident.
5. The A45 from J15 M1 cannot cope with existing traffic, without any additional burdens.
6. There will be building beyond Junction 15, M1 which is against Northants council policy.
7. Additional traffic for the 8000 workers hasn't been accounted for with pollution, traffic, hence any "green" credentials for the application will be lost.
8. If workers want to walk/cycle there isn't sufficient housing in the area, which will necessitate more house building on greenfield sites.
9. South Northants has a low unemployment rate. Where will the workforce come from?
10. The local area doesn't require extra employment opportunities.
11. The DIRFT at Daventry isn't near capacity and is close by, so why is there a need for this application?
12. There is huge warehousing capacity near J13, M1.