Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 17 July 2018
From Christopher Thompson

Representation

I object to this proposal on the grounds of traffic congestion which is already excessive on the M1 and A45. Both roads are at a standstill each working day and Junction 15 of the M1 is operating beyond capacity for several hours on weekdays.
Additionally this stretch of the M1 is about to be upgraded to "smart motorway" with work to extend until 2022. It would be unreasonable to undertake any of the proposed improvements whilst this upgrade was taking place. Other developments in the area will increase traffic significantly.
Air quality in the area of the roads is already unsatisfactory.
The proposed development area is open farmland, included in any development plan. There are public rights of way which are regularly used by Ramblers and dog walkers. The proposed rerouting is entirely unsatisfactory as it requires walkers to walk alongside the M1 for a considerable distance.