Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 16 December 2018
From Mrs Eunice Humphrey


I strongly object to the proposed Rail Central SRFI for the following reasons:

All the land between Milton Malsor and Blisworth is currently open countryside that provides a haven for wildlife. This would all be lost to the area. What is more, it would also be a loss of valuable farmland when the country needs to produce more food rather than importing it.

The total destruction of the footpath over beautiful open countryside with lovely views between Milton Malsor and Blisworth, which I have enjoyed so much over the years whilst walking my dogs. Rail Central`s idea of diverting this footpath along the very busy Northampton Road is not only an appalling proposal, it`s an unrealistic alternative, which does not in anyway emulate the beauty and tranquillity of the existing footpath.

Having this SRFI so close to Milton Malsor, Blisworth and Blisworth Arm will be devastating for everyone. The significant increase in traffic movements generated by this SRFI, amounting to thousands a day will lead to traffic chaos, on the already congested roads in the locality. Furthermore, with congestion on the M1 and A43, there will be an increase in vehicles "rat running" through the small and narrow lanes in Milton Malsor.

The increase in air pollution which this SRFI will generate is very worrying indeed. Air pollution by nitric oxide and diesel particulate lorry and machinery emissions will directly affect my health. The thought of this happening is my worst nightmare.

The noise created by the 24/7 operation of the SRFI including railway shunting, the loading and unloading of containers, as well as the light and noise pollution from night time operations, would make life unbearable for me.

I also strongly object to the proposed Rail Central SRFI, as it`s contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy. This states that any further SRFI development should take place at the existing Daventry International Rail Freight site, (DIRFT) located nearby on junction 18 on the M1. So therefore, this developer driven Rail Central proposal is both unnecessary and unwanted.