Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 15 July 2018
From Andrew Newbery

Representation

I would like to register my strong objection to the proposed "Northampton Gateway" scheme as I believe the effects on the locality have been totally underestimated.
I was born in and have lived in Blisworth all my 65 years and therefore I have a great appreciation for this area and the beauty of the countryside that we have.
I will keep it simple in that in my view the traffic generated by this complex WILL as I see it massively affect the surrounding villages .Having spoken to representatives of the project at a meeting in Blisworth , they were unable to alay my fears with their " computer simulations " of expected traffic / dedicated feeder roads etc.
What you cannot get around is the enormous issue of the M1 and what happens when it has to be closed due to accidents ( a regular occurence in these parts!). At the moment this results in the A5 through south northants being the diversionary route , totally inadequate and at a standstill all day .The section of the M1 adjacent to this development is probably the busiest in Europe ! So how can you possibly reassure us that traffic chaos will not ensue at times like that ! I'm sorry but there are too many risk factors in it that would destroy our villages as we know them through traffic chaos....I fervently object .