Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 15 December 2018
From Michael H Baker


I am absolutely appalled by this proposal which I strongly object to on the grounds of:

1) I am a pensioner and my home is next to a brook, and I am extremely fearful of the real risk of flooding, which could so easily destroy all I have worked for during my life.

2) Having the Rail Central SRFI squeezed in between Milton Malsor and Blisworth villages, both conservation areas, would be simply devastating for myself and my wife, as well as, for all residents. The massive increase in traffic movements, amounting to thousands a day, generated by this SRFI will lead to traffic chaos, on the already congested roads in the locality. Furthermore, this will lead to increased traffic through our small and narrow roads in Milton Malsor, when there is congestion on the M1 & A43.

3) Increased air pollution due to the thousands of additional vehicle movements a day. Air pollution by nitric oxide and diesel particulate lorry and machinery emissions, (a national issue), will directly affect my health. This is of great concern to me.

4) The constant noise generated by the 24/7 operation of the rail terminal including railway shunting, the loading and unloading of containers, as well as, the light and noise pollution from night time operations, would be intolerable for myself and my wife.

5) This proposal is contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy, so there is no need for another rail freight terminal in the area, as the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) is nearby on junction 18 on the M1.

Finally, for all the above reasons this unwanted and unnecessary developer proposal should be refused.