Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 29 November 2018
From Stoke bruerne Parish Council


Stoke Bruerne is a conservation area, an idyllic rural settlement of many traditionally built stone and thatched properties with the Grand Union Canal passing through its centre. The Village currently has a temporary 7.5T weight limit in place due to significant road closures around us to prevent thundering HGV's decimating our pretty, tranquil tourist destination. The proposed Rail Central will do nothing to improve Stoke Bruerne for our residents and tourists and much to damage the Village in terms of traffic, pollution and loss of historic character.

Stoke Bruerne Parish Council strongly objects to this application. We are a small rural community already being blighted by the sheer volume of traffic using our narrow and twisting rural road network. This issue is being compounded by major pressure on other parts of the local network resulting in more and more vehicles including large numbers of HGV’s using rural South Northamptonshire Villages as “rat runs” to avoid congestion on the A508, A5, A43 & M1. Any issue however small on any of these trunk roads results in gridlock for our residents and high levels of noise and pollution. As this pressure is already forecast to grow the last thing this area needs is Rail Central which would add thousands vehicle trip a day with many being diesel HGV’s.