Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 19 July 2018
From Adrian Hosey

Representation

There is no need for either of the two rail freight depots that are planned in this area mainly because of Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) just 19 miles up the road in the same county. DRIFT still has space to expand and also has lots of spare capacity.

The unemployment for the local area is very low. This will mean that people who work at these new depots are not from the local area causing extra traffic and pollution as they travel further to work. You just have to look at Government Office at Hanslope Park to see how much traffic this has created through the rural area.

The primary use of these depots will be for road distribution. The road infrastructure in the local area is not adequate to deal with the increased traffic. The stretch of M1 between Northampton and Milton Keynes seems to be one of the most dangerous in the county with it being closed a couple of times a month due to accidents causing increased traffic through the local area. The new SMART motorway technology installed on the M1 north of Northampton appears to have helped increase congestion by slowing traffic down. The A508 is single carriageway and goes through some villages at 30mph. And the A43 is dual carriageway but has 7 roundabouts on it with the one at Towcester already causing massive traffic problems. These roundabouts really need flyovers to ease congestion and keep traffic moving.

As the North of England needs investment and suffers from low employment, projects like this should be reserved for areas that would actually see a benefit.

Only when the last field is built on will we realise what we've lost and that we can't eat money.