Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 10 December 2018
From Anthony Lunch


I strongly object to the proposal. I have lived in Milton Malsor since 1980 and have always valued its rural tranquillity and open countryside.

I am particularly concerned by the increased air pollution by Nitric Oxide and Diesel Particulate due to the thousands of extra traffic movements every day that would result. Suffering as I do from [Redacted], the effect of vehicle emissions can be a serious health risk.

The effect of significant extra traffic will of course be a major issue on local roads, where already we see the effect of M1 congestion causing substantial delays on the Blisworth to Milton Malsor road. Some 20k extra daily movements are forecast, 1/3 of which will likely be HGV, leading to chaos and total road standstill.

I fear substantial noise and light pollution from the proposed terminal. This would constitute a major reduction of our enjoyment of this lovely region.

I strongly object to the proposal because it runs totally contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy (WNJCS). There is no need in the WNJCS for an SRFI on open countryside between Blisworth and Milton Malsor.

The Daventry International Rail Terminal (DIRFT) is only approx. 20 miles north and has capacity for expansion for at least 10 years. It has gained planning approval for substantial expansion and is ideally located at J18 of the M1. There is therefore no need for an additional rail/freight terminal in this region.

All the land between Milton Malsor and Blisworth is currently open countryside that provides a haven for wildlife. All this would be totally lost to the area.

For these and many other reasons, I hope these unnecessary and unwanted proposals will be refused.