Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 15 December 2018
From Mrs June Baker


Having worked hard all my life, I am now retired looking forward to spending the rest of my days with my husband in our beautiful home we have built, enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the lovely countryside in Milton Malsor. Having the proposed Rail Central SRFI on our door step would be dreadful and will ruin our lives.

I therefore strongly object to this proposal for the reasons as shown below:

a) The Rail Central SRFI "shoe horned" in between three conservation areas; Blisworth Arm as well as, the villages of Blisworth and Milton Malsor would be devastating. The huge 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. What is more, there will be an increase in traffic "rat running" through the small and narrow lanes in Milton Malsor, when there is congestion on the M1 & A43.

b) Increased air pollution is a very worrying and serious concern, due the thousands of additional traffic movements a day. Air pollution by nitric oxide and diesel particulate lorry and machinery emissions (a national issue) will directly affect my health. This serious threat to human life can so easily be avoided, by the expansion of the existing Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) in accordance with the West Northants Joint Core Strategy. (WNJCS)

c) This proposal is contrary to the WNJCS, with DIRFT nearby on junction 18 on the M1, which is the largest and is expected to remain the largest, SRFI in the country. So therefore there is no need for the proposed SRFI to be sited on land in open countryside between Milton Malsor and Blisworth.

For all these reasons I call for this unnecessary developer driven proposal to be refused.