Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 16 December 2018
From Peter Humphrey


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

1)It will destroy hundreds of acres of local countryside, resulting in the loss of valuable farmland when the country needs to produce more food rather than importing it. Also, all the land between Milton Malsor and Blisworth is currently open countryside, that provides a haven for wildlife which would be totally lost to the area for evermore. This can never be replaced.

2) It`s inappropriate for an SRFI to be situated between three conservation areas; Blisworth Arm, Blisworh and Milton Malsor. The increase in air pollution generated by the SRFI will be horrific and damaging to life. This is of great concern to me. With thousands of the additional vehicle movements generated daily by this SRFI, air pollution by nitric oxide and diesel particulate lorry and machinery emissions, will make it unbearable for me to live here, as well as, being a real danger to my health.

3) The significant increase in traffic movements which will be generated by this SRFI, amounting to thousands a day, will lead to traffic chaos, on the already congested roads in the locality. Besides, 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 which is already a frequent occurrence.

4) The 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 ruin the enjoyment of my living in this lovely tranquil rural village.

5) This proposal is contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy.

6) With the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) only a short distance away on junction 18 on the M1, there is no need for another rail freight terminal in the area, as DIRFT is the largest, and is expected to remain the largest, SRFI in the country.