Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 21 July 2018
From Christine Pinfold

Representation

Forty years age we decided to move to a beautiful village surrounded by countryside. The roads were very busy through the village and a bypass was built which improved things greatly. Unfortunately as we are in the centre of the country we seem to be a good choice for development, and we are being threatened by the building of warehouses. Northampton is the largest town in England, and growing fast. The Roxhill development will further increase the urbanisation of our area. The drive to Northampton will become unpleasant and busy instead of a pleasure. Traffic will increase greatly, and as there is not an unemployment problem in our area, workers will either have to commute or move to the area, taking up more of our pleasant countryside. If the M1 is blocked our village becomes a constant line of traffic passing through, and if there are more cars about it will get worse. Between 8.00am and 9.00am and 4.00pm and 5.00pm it is already difficult to cross from one side of the village to the other over the road.

The development will involve a great many lorries on our roads and although we are told that they will not pass through our village if the other roads are blocked, they will take the most convenient route.
The alteration to the junction from the village on to the A508 becoming a left only turn, apart from being very inconvenient seems to be an indication that the traffic will increase greatly. The traffic already regularly comes to a standstill on the A45 from the M1 and past Northampton, it can only get worse if this development goes ahead, which will increase pollution, and increase the pressure on our already busy roads.

The Roxhill proposal is not needed as the DIRFT site is quite near to us and is not working at full capacity. It seems that developers just want to ruin our countryside so that they can make money out of it.