Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 12 December 2018
From Dr Eirwen Williams

Representation

My family and I have lived in rural Northamptonshire for over 25 years and this proposal would have a devastating impact on our lives and those of many of the surrounding communities. We are totally opposed to it for many reasons and feel that there are absolutely no benefits to be gained were approval to be granted.
Firstly it will destroy the surrounding countryside on a huge scale both visually and environmentally.
The development would be an eye-sore on what is currently beautiful countryside and would impact negatively on many of the natural habitats.
There will be a dramatic increase in air,noise and light pollution over a vast area which may well have negative health effects on local people.
Another major concern is the effect of the inevitable increase in traffic particularly HGVs. There will be a further increase in pollution. There are road safety implications especially in the surrounding villages. The local main roads particularly the M1,A43,A5 and A508 are already subject to frequent delays and this can only worsen were the proposal to go ahead.
It is my belief that the local rail network is almost running at capacity, but that this has not been properly studied by Network Rail or Ashfield Land. Surely adding more freight trains to an already stretched system will just add to the stress of commuters with more delays and cancellations. Furthermore DIRFT is close by and has significant future capacity, and so I struggle to see any benefit of a further rail freight terminal.
The argument that the proposal will bring employment opportunities to the area I believe is flawed as this area already has high levels of employment.
I cannot stress enough what devastation and harmful effects this development would cause were it to proceed. It is on such a vast scale that it would decimate many villages and local communities and virtually destroy the lives of the people that live there.
I hope therefore that the Inspectorate will take into consideration the massive concerns of local residents and the huge opposition to this proposal and refuse the application.