Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 27 December 2018
From Dr. Elizabeth Brown


Dear Sir or Madam,

I am very concerned by the proposed development, and do not feel that the benefits that Rail Central claim would be brought about by the development, even in the scenario in which they all came to pass, would justify the costs to the community.
First, the choice of this site appears to be clearly a commercial, not a strategic one, that would benefit the developers greatly, but the county little, and the local community even less. I have seen no convincing arguments that this development would have a transformative effect on the local or county-wide economy, and this makes the cost to the community unjustifiable.
From a medical perspective, I am particularly concerned about the effects of increasing air pollution in the area - this would be an unavoidable consequence of the additional road traffic.
The damaging effects of air pollution on people's health, including on the health of children, are only now beginning to be widely appreciated, but the scientific evidence is incontrovertible. It seems wrong to me for the local authority to allow such a project that would have clear and certain negative impacts on the health of the local population, with uncertain (if any) benefits to other areas such as the economy to mitigate this impact.

I sincerely hope that you will reconsider the choice to go ahead with this development.