Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

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Northampton Gateway Rail Freight Interchange

Received 22 July 2018
From Judith Nichols

Representation

There needs to be adequate Strategic Rail Freight Infrastructure across the area but the current location of Dirft and its recent increase in size makes the Northampton development an over supply. There is no need to duplicate resources in such a concentrated geographical situation.
The road capacity travelling through Northamptonshire is a significant concern. The M1 is hugely vulnerable to congestion if there are any problems, however minor. The recent expansion and upgrade to Smart Motorway status has eased the situation north of junction 16 but this is only allowing the road system to cope with current demand. Any additional traffic will increase the occasions when business and domestic traffic is gridlocked. As a frequent traveller through the area I have seen at firsthand how vulnerable the M1 is to delays and stoppages. Any further development in the area which places additional demands on the road network will have a detrimental effect on the economy of existing businesses and organisations due to the increased likelihood of severe congestion.