Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 03 December 2018
From Pam McManus



I was lead to believe that the idea of an SRFI was to remove traffic from the roads and improve air quality. This project would do neither of these things. It is also supposed to be part of a strategic plan. There is no strategic element to this plan. Indeed there is another similar proposal being looked at and another working site only a few miles away, with enough spare capacity for at least ten years.
I suffer from a terminal lung condition,[redacted] and my husband and I were allocated a bungalow partly because of my medical needs because our previous home was considered unsuitable and dangerous for my condition. If this proposal goes ahead the air quality in this area will be worse than where we were previously, effectively leading to an acceleration in deterioration in my health. In addition the road network will become more congested leading to an increase in difficulty for me in getting to essential medical appointments and possibly preventing medical help getting to me quickly. We already have to try to arrange appointments outside rush hours because the roads are already congested so badly during these times that travelling even the short distances to our doctor's surgery at Blisworth and our local hospital in Northampton has become very difficult.
We are told that this proposal will lead to around 8,000 new jobs. If we were in an area of high unemployment this would be great but we are not. This means that the workforce will either have to drive here or be driven here by the employers, as the public transport system will not be suitable for this purpose, this will mean that there will be extra vehicles coming through our village and probably even having to park here if, as we suspect, the proposed pedestrian access to the site becomes the main access for the workforce.