Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 12 July 2018
From John Farebrother

Representation

I most strongly object to this proposal due to :Loss of agricultural land and wildlife habitat. Development South of M1 not happened before and will increase the Likelihood of of further development to Courteenhall and Roade villages. Rail traffic increase despite Rail Track saying the line could not accept much more traffic. The fact that there are other similar developments within 20 miles or so that are already developed and under used and they are developing further. This area has a high unemployment record, The increase in the number of people to operate site would have to come from outside thus increasing the number of journeys. Junction 15 of the M1 is already over capacity and despite road improvements could not cope with the volume of increased traffic. The proposal assumes a number of rail deliveries but the is no compulsion for any occupier to have to use rail, all traffic could be by road. The bypass of Roade proposed is too close to the existing village houses and will greatly impact on the vehicle pollution on them, it only shifts the pollution from the existing A508. The by pass will have an adverse effect on the BP filling station and shop resulting it becoming uneconomic to operate thus taking away the facility of fuel and the largest shop in the village. The A508 bypass if to be built should start as traffic comes off Junction !5 or at the entrance to the warehousing and continue to past the Stoke Bruerne Sharp bends which are an accident hot spot.