Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 13 July 2018
From David Wilson

Representation

I strongly object to the proposal because it will impact my life and the lives of others. I use a season ticket to travel from Northampton each day and the busy loop line that is not very reliable will have reduced passenger services. In July, the frequent cause of delays is broken down freight trains blocking the lines on the busy service. I may return to commuting via the roads if the rail service degrades further.
I strongly object to the proposal because truck / lorry operators and drivers will park and sleep in any place they can find to comply with working hours and to cut their costs. Just look around any layby in Northamptonshire and particularly the A43 near Towcester and there are always trucks with blinds in the front cab. Road congestion will increase because of the thousands of extra vehicle movements on already crowded roads.
I strongly object to the proposal because the government strategic policy intends to have a small number of SRFIs to serve the market well. We already have a SRFI at DIRFT just up the M1 and I believe more plans to extend it (I see signs at the roadside). The irony of too many SRFI is that it will just encourage truck operators to move to warehouses nearer the M1 and use the roads rather than the rail interchange.
I strongly object to the proposal because of increased pollution – noise, light and air. As a nation we want to cut pollution and that also includes reduction in hotspots. This proposal will sharply increase pollution in the surrounding area. I strongly object to the likelihood of increased traffic through my village to avoid congestion on nearby A roads. Right now, Stoke Road in Blisworth and the Towcester Road through Milton Malsor and West Hunsbury are the rush hour rat run between West Northampton and Milton Keynes to cut out the part of the A45 and A508. All cars go from Northampton to Milton Keynes in the morning and all return in the evening. It is easy to see now and it will get worse.
I strongly object to the proposal because I fear developers will ask for more infill warehousing West of the M1, in South Northamptonshire after this development crosses the M1 from Northampton.
I strongly object to the proposal because of the destruction to natural habitat and wildlife in the area. Anything that turns existing countryside into huge areas of buildings, concrete and tarmac is bad for the environment.