Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 19 July 2018
From Emma Langridge


I have several strong objections to the proposed development and they are as follows:
Despite the proposed M1 Improvements there will still be traffic jams along the A45 and A508 when an accident happens on the M1 which is frequently (the whole motorway was closed both ways THREE times in September, 2017 and many more since then) and it impacts negatively on the WHOLE of the town. No improvements made by Roxhill will stop the accidents and extra rail freight lorries will only add to this and further block up the roads. Lorries will speed; take short cuts and do whatever they can to deliver their goods on time despite all Roxhill promises of courteous drivers who won’t use local roads.
The token dual carriageway/road on the end of the A508 will not disperse the ridiculously large amount of lorries which will descend upon Northamptonshire. The problems with the A508 cannot be reduced by adding extra lanes then adding rail freight lorries! It will still be a bottle-neck and add traffic to the A508, A45 and the M1. As far as the proposal to ‘not allow any lorries to turn right South up the A508’ idea, this is ridiculous as fines will be ignored and lorries cannot be kept out of villages. It’s impossible to police!
Northampton already struggles to be attractive. We have our beautiful villages; however, this development brings unnecessary, and unwanted, development to those. We do not need an intersection at the top of Rookery Lane-a beautiful country lane in a conservation village. Nor do we need the beautiful Knock Lane to be ruined by developers. The ring road will ruin beautiful fields and only serves to shift traffic noise and pollution closer to the back of EWS Secondary school and Stoke Bruerne- a conservation village. The bypass will begin the slow and painful process of the urbanisation of these beautiful villages which will be desperately sad to see. The characteristics of these villages and surrounding areas should be preserved.

In the 2001 Strategic Rail Authority study, I believe it stated that these interchanges were needed in the West Midlands. We are NOT the West Midlands. In addition to this, we have the DRIFT site already:
“Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) is a rail-road intermodal freight terminal with an associated warehousing estate in Northamptonshire”
WE do not need another warehouse-type development to ruin the landscape and bring low paid jobs. We already have the DRIFT facilities nearby and have too many warehouses at junction 15. The developers haven’t explored the sites and picked the right site for their development; they have simply got hold of some land and wondered what-on-earth they could get approval of (hence the previously failed Howdens development). We already have enough low paid jobs in Northamptonshire and not high unemployment!