Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 30 November 2018
From Mrs Eva Mair


I have really loved living in Milton Malsor, a beautiful rural village in open countryside for the past 33 years. I am retired and I look forward to living here with my husband for the rest of our days.

The thought of having the proposed Rail Central SRFI on my doorstep is my worst nightmare imaginable. I object very strongly to this developer driven proposal, which is both unwanted and unnecessary.

Currently I can walk straight out of my front door, and enjoy the lovely walks in the open countryside. Being an enthusiastic walker, I am absolutely astounded that Rail Central are proposing the destruction of the local footpath network. In particular, the footpath over beautiful open countryside with lovely views, between Milton Malsor and Blisworth, that would be diverted along the very busy Northampton Road (A43T). This road, is not suitable by any stretch of the imagination, for the enjoyment and pleasure of walking. This is totally unacceptable.

The increase in air pollution this proposed SRFI will generate, due to the thousands of additional vehicle movements (22,000 a day, 6,688 being HGV`s) is another nightmare scenario. I am very concerned that the Air Pollution by Nitric Oxide and Diesel Particulate lorry and machinery emissions will be detrimental to my health, as well as to other residents in the locality. This is of course a national issue.

I also object very strongly to the noise which will be generated by the 24/7 operation of the rail terminal including railway shunting, the loading and unloading of containers. Also the light and noise pollution from night time operations would be unbearable.

Again I strongly object to this proposal as it`s contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy (WNJCS). The Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) is only a short distance away from this site, serves the same local area and has the capacity for expansion for many years to come. So there is no need for the proposed Rail Central SRFI.

For all these reasons I urge that this developer driven proposal is refused.