Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 14 July 2018
From Carol Thorn

Representation

This proposed development will annihilate local communities and vast stretches of beautiful countryside and farmland.
There is no current need for this development, as the DIRFT is only 18 miles away and is expanding. The development of further warehousing is unnecessary as there is already an issue within the locality for filling existing warehouses. The suggestion that it will create jobs is also an issue, as Northamptonshire has a large number of warehousing and associated jobs that it is unable to fill from the local workforce. This development would mean additional workforce travelling into the area, or requiring housing in the area which is already in short supply.
The additional traffic created both in construction and running of the facility will very negatively affect local road systems which are already overloaded and will also cause additional safety concerns to our most vulnerable residents (old people & children). The DoT already expects severe congestion on the M1 J15 -17 by 2040, and we are already locally seeing the adverse effects of congestion on the M1 diverting heavy traffic through our villages.
The level of light and noise pollution from this facility running 24/7 will be unbearable, it is already very noticeable overnight when repairs are carried out on the railway system. It is also doubtful that the rail network is capable of supporting this facility without further rail expansion and removal of passenger traffic.