Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 11 July 2018
From Stuart Dean

Representation

I strongly object to the proposal as follows : SRFI are designed to be strategically located to serve areas of the country within a relatively short distance of the SRFI, there is already a very large facility of this nature within a distance of 18 miles.
The M1 provides a boundary for development as identified by the South Northamptonshire Local Plan, any development to the West of the M1 will inevitably result in further development of a similar nature with concomitant problems that this scheme is already indicating.
With in excess of 16000 additional vehicle movements anticipated it is difficult to believe how such an increase can be accomodated on the M1 and the adjoining road systems, smart motorway and " mitigating" roadworks will not provide a solution, the section between junctions 13 to 17 are currently frequently subject to considerable delays and stoppages without this development.
The West Coast railway line is currently running at an extremely high capacity and any increase in freight traffic may result in a reduction in passenger services.
The proposed development and the increase in traffic movements will inevitably result in an enormous increase in pollution, noise and by virtue of its proposed 24/7 operation ,light pollution .
With the proposed loss of 520 acres of farmland and the its wildlife habitat it is impossible to contemplate what " mitigating " measures would be conceivable to rectify that situation.
The number of persons employed by this scheme will not be provided by the local area, Northamptonshire benefiting from high employment levels, hence such a demand for a labour force would have to be satisfied by labour coming in from a distance and therefore further increasing traffic ,pollution etc.