Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 19 December 2018
From Patricia Parker


I most strongly object to the Rail Central SRFI proposal. As a resident of Milton Malsor, I have lived in this peaceful and beautiful rural village for 32 years, happily bringing up my family and playing an active part in this environment.

If the proposed Rail Central was to be build between Milton Malsor and Blisworth villages, it would destroy hundreds of acres of local countryside and farmland, and bring industry and pollution into an area that is an important gap between town and country. 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. 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, young and old in our village.

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

This area has very low unemployment, so the majority of workers for the operation would have to travel some distance to work, adding to congestion and air pollution. Furthermore, the destruction of our local footpath network would require us to walk along a road with vastly increased traffic movement. This would endanger the lives and safety of all, especially those with children and elderly people.

I strongly object to this proposal, as it is contrary to 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, where planning permission has been granted for logistics space and for a new rail terminal. DIRFT is only 18 miles away. Therefore there is no requirement for the proposed rail central terminal.

This developer-driven proposal is totally unnecessary and should be refused immediately. Please accept my strong objections.