Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 19 December 2018
From Keith Parker


I strongly object to the Rail Central SRFI proposal. I have lived in the peaceful environment of Milton Malsor for 32 years, bringing up my family here and playing an active part in this small rural village. I am now retired and looking forward to living in peace and tranquility.

If the proposed Rail Central was to be built between Milton Malsor and Blisworth village, it would destroy hundreds of acres of local countryside and bring industry into an area that is an important gap between town and country. The destruction of the local footpath network would mean we would have to use a footpath along a busy road that would have massively increased traffic. This would endanger lives for all, children and older people especially. The significant increase of traffic movement, 22,000 a day, 6,688 being HGV generated by this SRFI, would lead to traffic chaos in the already congested roads in the locality.

There would be 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 the health and well-being of residents in our village.

The noise created by 24/7 operation of the rail terminal, including railway shunting, the loading and unloading of containers, the alarms and buzzer systems which are mandatory during operation, together the light from floodlights would make the area unbearable to residents.

I also strongly object to this proposal as it is contrary to the West Northants Joint Core Strategy (see WNJCS). There is no policy or evidence in this WNJCS to suggest the need for a SRFI on land in open countryside between Milton Malsor and Blisworth. However, the need for an SRFI is identified in the WNJCS, as the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal, DIRFT, at Junction 18 on the M1, (approximately 18 miles from Junction 15) where planning permission has been granted for logistics space and for a new rail terminal. Therefore there is no requirement for the proposed Rail Central Terminal.

I strongly object to this proposal; it is totally developer-driven, and should be refused immediately.