Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 14 December 2018
From J Ward

Representation

I object to the proposal on the following grounds:
1. Site Location - questionable strategic need/capacity as DiRFT is only 18 miles from the proposed site and, unlike DiRFT which has a larger buffer zone between villages, this site would be tightly squeezed into green space land between local villages. This close proximity to local villages will not only blur the boundaries with Northampton but will make it difficult to mitigate the operational impact of the site.
2. Adverse effect on living conditions due to noise, light, and air pollution. The rights of people to enjoy their homes/health will be undermined due to the visual impact, very high noise levels and various forms of environmental pollution 24 hours/day.
3. Lack of adequate road access - limited access/egress routes to strategic and primary networks which are already congested. Inadequate proposed measures for HGV movements in the event of congestion on A43/M1. Existing congestion problems result in 'rat-running' on local roads with narrow canal bridges and weight restrictions resulting in damage to these structures.
4. Loss of wildlife habitat and farmland. Significant impact on the natural beauty of this rural landscape and the tranquility of the many public rights of way enjoyed by local/visiting walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The site, with its vast amounts of concrete and the requirement for additional physical highways works on the M1, A43, A45, A508 and other local roads, will inevitably cause irreversible damage to the local environment, birds and other wildlife, including protected species.
5. Safety. Due to the already high volume of traffic on the A43, local traffic (including school buses) experience hazardous conditions when joining/crossing the A43. These risks will be exacerbated by an increase in HGV traffic in the wider area.