Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 30 December 2018
From Janet Pallister


The planned Rail Central is within 15 miles of an existing rail distribution centre. When travelling the UK it is clear that the Midlands contains proportionately more warehousing than other areas of the country. This places disproportionate amount of pressure on the infrastructure. Whilst the number of schools in Northamptonshire has increased , the number of hospitals has not. Northamptonshire County Council does not have the capacity to cope with the pressure of an increased population.

Rail Central is contrary to the adopted West Northamptonshire Joint Core Strategy.

The local road network is already stretched to capacity. When driving through DIRFT it is clear to see that the roads are congested with lorries . The M1 between Milton Keynes and Lutterworth is already an accident hotspot. An increase in lorries joining the M1 at junction 15 or 15A will add to this. When at capacity the Rail Central traffic would double the vehicles using the A43. This will have a hugely negative impact on local peoples wellbeing and work life balance. It would also have a negative impact on pollution.

The jobs created by warehousing are not highly paid jobs. The housing market in the local area is not accessible to the wages of these employees. The noise pollution , light pollution and air pollution will make the local villages less desirable. Professionals will not be drawn to the area , this will have a negative impact on the recruitment of staff to schools and hospitals and Surgeries. There is already a challenge to recruit, with schools employing Supply Teachers and Doctors employing Locum Doctors to plug the gap. These staff cost significantly more and provide less to the communities they serve.

I ask for statistics for these concerns to be collated before a planning decision is finalised.

The Midlands used to be known for its lush arable pastures. Dairy farming was its identity. The landscape is changing at such a pace the impact on the environment is huge. With global warming becoming almost irreversible, decisions made today will have a greater impact than ever before. I ask for any planning decision to be based on the worst case scenario and not the pipe dream that is provided .