Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 04 December 2018
From Alan Hargreaves

Representation

I strongly object to the above proposal on several grounds such as,impact on air quality on a section of motorway M1 which is already subject to Air Quality management issues,added congestion to an already overstretched highway network in the area,direct impact on residential properties a number of which will be demolished,both within and immediately adjacent to the proposal.impact on the conservation area,cumulative impacts of rail connectivity with Dirft 3 Northampton Gateway,existing services passenger and freight on the Northampton Loop of the WCML.
Whilst the applicants have produced traffic modelling which suggests the additional traffic will have little impact the reality and my experience of existing road traffic issues paints a totally different picture,over the course of the last 24 months the number of issues effecting the MI corridor between Junction 15 to 16 has almost become a weekly occurrence,traffic jams on the adjacent road networks A43 Tove Valley A45 and A508 Queen Eleanor junction become a daily norm,I question why the applicant has not yet produced a stress tested Saturn model which reflects this reality,and to date no cumulative highways assessment has been produced including the potential of Northampton Gateway.
Rail connectivity has still to be proven,despite the fact that Network Rail originally stated at Scoping opinion 2016 that early engagement was crucial,a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange without rail connections simply becomes a road served warehouse site which we currently have plenty of in the area,which will only serve to add to road congestion.
The only proposed entrance to the site for the circa 23000 extra vehicle movements daily is via a raised grade separated junction which runs the whole length of Blisworth Arm and the GU canal,both of which are conservation areas,the Arm has several residential properties which will all be seriously adversely affected by noise and light pollution,air quality issues all created by the 24hr seven days a a week operation,no mitigation has been put forward in the design of this GSJ by the applicant to counter these issues.