Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 12 July 2018
From Peter Bull

Representation

Roxhill
Here are the main points I would like submit why I feel so strongly that this application should be turned down.
1 Present state of congestion on the roads. Recently, my wife was totally gridlocked on the outskirts of Blisworth, ALL access roads were jammed because the M1 and the A5 was at a standstill, traffic was coming through the 3 villages most affected by this proposed development using them as a rat run. Can you image how much longer this congestion will be increased when you add all the extra lorries which will be added to this already difficult situation? I CAN, IT WILL BE DREADFUL.!
(An actual case of congestion, part of the A5 was closed on July 9th for repair, there was at least a 3 mile queue of traffic on the A508 which had mostly used all the minor roads to get there from the A5 )
2 There is no compulsion for the Transport Firms to actually use the train services in the Roxhill development! There is nothing to stop them using the proposed site as a transport hub, I can see lorries coming off the M1, unloading , picking up another load, back onto the M1,so there will be much more traffic than the surveys predict! The essence of a lie is the intention to deceive, is the quotation which comes to mind!
3 A challenge to the persons considering this application. Before any decision is made, please come at any rush hour time and personally experience the sensation of travelling on our minor roads, this would convince you, more than anything that this development should be turned down. You would remember this experience for a long time !! More than any paperwork or surveys.
4 Why should you have the power to turn our lovely country way of living, under threat already, to force us more and more into an urban lifestyle? By agreeing to this development you will help to spoil so many things which make living in the countryside such a joy .