Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 07 December 2018
From Andrew Maisey


1. The majority of local residents are wholly opposed to the development of the Rail Central proposal; thus, I must question why this application has progressed so far. The developments do not serve the local community - any benefit to local residents is very difficult to quantify.

2. The plans to date for the developments do not outline road improvements to Saxon Avenue specifically which show no improvement to traffic management for vehicles exiting this road onto Junction 15 over the M1. The traffic situation had already deteriorated due to the overbuilding of industrial units in Grange Park; at peak times there are long queues of traffic. The proposed increase in traffic is going to make it more difficult to exit Grange Park to Junction 15 and make journeys longer.

3. Air Quality. This is already very poor in the areas surrounding the proposed new developments. [Redacted] (government data) shows very concerning readings. Projected traffic increase and large-scale industry are going to worsen air quality. I see no mitigation in the plans for this. Traffic/industrial noise is also a concern.

4. Visual impact. As more countryside is turned into concrete and buildings, this will diminish the local environment.

5. Building more logistics infrastructure should take second place to smarter logistics. Has the latter been fully explored to eliminate or reduce the need for this development?

6. I understand that Northampton DIRFT has been indicated by many as a more suitable candidate for this development. Therefore, why is DIRFT not preferred over a greenfield development? Common sense as well as academic review suggests it is better equipped to meet the needs of the proposed developments and logistic growth in the midlands.