Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 20 July 2018
From William John McLaren Marshall

Representation

I strongly object to this proposal because;
a) the site of this proposed facility is not designated or available for development in the West Northants Joint Core Strategy.
b) DIRFT, where there is still land available is within 18 miles of the location and Phase 3 of that facility is currently being developed.
c) The land freed up by the Flore by-pass, west of Junction 16 is identified in the WNJCS as the location for this type of large scale warehousing development
d) Roxill have acknowledged that just 10% of the traffic is expected to be handled by rail. There is already sufficient (over) capacity for road serviced warehousing in and around Northampton with many warehouses currently standing empty and available.
e) the proposals for managing the huge number of road vehicle movements are inadequate. The proposed Roade by-pass might solve Roxill's problem of the narrow rail over-bridge on the A508 in Roade, but will create problems for Roade businesses through loss of passing trade and for users of the A508 both to the north and south of Roade and the A45 beyond M1 Junction 15 by shifting / creating bottle necks elsewhere.
f) the case for a strategic rail freight interchange at this location has not been made. If anything, this proposal is for a speculative road freight interchange and should not therefore be afforded the 'special case' privileges available to strategic rail freight interchanges. It will NOT deliver the aims of the national policy statement on SRFIs of shifting freight movements from road to rail