Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 14 December 2018
From Mrs Lesley Johnson


I am in my eighties, and have lived with my husband raising a family, in our lovely stone cottage in Milton Malsor for more than fifty years. The idea of having a rail freight terminal virtually on my doorstep is simply awful. It will make my life unbearable.

Therefore I object in the strongest possible terms to the proposed Rail Central SRFI for the following reasons:

a) The significant increase in traffic movements generated by this SRFI amounting to thousands a day, will increase the risks associated with air pollution. This is very concerning, as air pollution by nitric oxide and diesel particulate lorry and machinery emissions will directly affect my health. This would be very worrying for me.

b) The noise pollution generated by the 24/7 operation of this SRFI would be intolerable making my life a misery, due to the railway shunting, the loading and unloading of containers, not to mention the light pollution from night time operations which would be ghastly.

c) In any case, this proposed SRFI is contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy. As the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) is only a short distance away from the village, there is no need for this unwanted and unnecessary developer driven Rail Central SRFI.