Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 11 December 2018
From Eric Meakins


I strongly object to this outrageous proposal. I am 73 years of age, I was born here and I have lived in Milton Malsor all my life.

The increase in air pollution which this SRFI will generate, due to the thousands of additional daily vehicle movements is of great concern to me. Air pollution by nitric oxide and diesel particulate lorry and machinery emissions will directly affect the health of residents in Milton Malsor, as well as, for those in neighbouring villages. The harm caused to peoples health by diesel particulates is of course, a national issue.

Having the Rail Central SRFI squeezed in between Milton Malsor and Blisworth villages, both conservation areas, would be devastating for residents. The significant increase in traffic movements of thousands a day, generated by this SRFI would lead to traffic chaos, on the already congested roads in the locality.

The noise generated by the 24/7 operation of the SRFI will be intolerable due to the railway shunting, the loading and unloading of containers. Furthermore, the light and noise pollution from night time operations would be simply unbearable. It would also drive away the wildlife for ever.

I also strongly object to this developer driven proposal, as it’s contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy. In any case, there is no need for an SRFI in Milton Malsor, as the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal referred to as DIRFT is only a short distance away, which is, the largest, and is expected to remain the largest SRFI in the country.