Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 30 November 2018
From Robert Jeffery


“I object to the development of "Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)" because;

1. There is no requirement for the warehouse occupiers to use the rail freight option. It could easily be used as convenient centrally located warehousing adding even more lorry journeys than proposed.

2. The West Coast Mainline rail infrastructure in the area and the UK doesn't have much capacity left to deliver more slow freight. The number of passenger trains will have to be reduced and slowed down to make way for freight on the Northampton loop.

3. There is already an established rail freight depot 18 miles away (DIRFT) that has expansion capacity and better road connections.

4. Noise, light and Air pollution is going to be a major issue, especially as it will be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and next to residential areas.

5. Northampton and surrounding areas have very high employment and warehouse companies are struggling to find staff, thus causing more traffic and longer commutes.

6. Additional vehicles on the roads will cause significantly more traffic, delays, pollution and noise problems. More traffic will be expected if warehouse operators are not using the rail service. The road improvements so far suggested will have minimal improvements or worsen traffic flows.

7. The area is currently fields and some established wildlife areas with the rail line embankments acting as wildlife corridors. The rail depot will remove these areas and the affect on wildlife diversity and habitation will be very damaging.

8. Increased flooding will happen down stream in Northampton. Even with new flood mitigation systems, parts of the town are still flooding with heavy rain.

9. All the above points will be further compounded as there is approved planning for over 1000 homes on the north side of the M1 (J15 to J15a), which is also next to another rail freight depot "Roxhill" in the planning process, and this proposal.