Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 30 November 2018
From Stuart Dean


The proposal is neither "strategic " or ecologically sound.
The location of the proposed development is not strategic in the fact that there is another established Rail Freight Interchange which has the same objectives as this proposal and which is currently undergoing its third phase of development at DIRFT and is within a distance of 20 miles of this proposal. This surely negates the " strategic "element of the proposal.

The development, apart from taking many hectares of arable and valuable countryside ,will create an extremely large number of vehicle movements, most of which will be heavy goods vehicles, over a 24 hour period when the site is in operation , added to the considerable disruption and pollution which will occur during the period of its construction.

The A 43 and M1 are at periods running at practically maximum capacity , there are weekly delays on the M1 between junctions 13 and 16, any further increase in traffic density would only serve to exacerbate these problems in addition to the increase in pollution that such delays would inevitably create.

The hypothetical increase in local employment opportunities is flawed in that local employment levels are at a high level and hence any numbers of staff will have to be sought from outside the area, creating even further vehicle movements to the site.