Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 16 July 2018
From Glenn Nightingale

Representation

There is no need for this development as there is No strategic need due to DIRFT
Policy calls for a small number of SRFI’s across the regions close to the markets they
will serve. Northampton Gateway would be 18 miles from an existing larger facility.
Noise, light & air pollution, The development and traffic flowing to and from the site would dramatically increase pollution in the area. The site would be operational 24/7
Threat of further development, The M1 currently provides a boundary for development, a strategic gap identified in the South Northamptonshire Local Plan. Once development crosses the boundary more will inevitably follow joining surrounding villages to Northampton.
Labour pool, Northamptonshire doesn’t have the available labour required to serve this
development, therefore workers would have to travel in from other areas adding to
pollution and congestion.
Rail capacity & loss of passenger rail services, The West Coast Mainline is the busiest railway in Europe. NCC Highways Authority have stated ‘…increasing freight services over the Loop (line) might require a reduction in the passenger service to Northampton.’
Road capacity, 16,500 additional vehicle movements would cause significant pressure on our already overcrowded roads. The Department for Transport is already warning of
severe congestion on the M1 J15-17 by 2040, without this development.
Loss of wildlife habitat & farmland, The site would destroy 520 acres of farmland and wildlife habitats and corridors.
Crime increase, The areas around DIRFT have seen a 176% increase in crime since 2000/01.