Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

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Rail Central (Strategic Rail Freight Interchange)

Received 31 December 2018
From Gordon Johns

Representation

1. It is difficult to argue that this is a site of strategic importance, given the presence of an unconnected existing such site less than 15 miles away operating well below capacity. There is no requirement for SRFIs to accept any freight by rail provided that they have the capacity to do so.
2. Road congestion will worsen given that the terminal will be primarily road not rail based. The local road network is already far too congested to accommodate this scheme and cannot be improved sufficiently to mitigate the impact. The road from Blisworth to Milton Malsor in particular is completely unsuited to further pressure from commercial and commuter traffic, as is the main road connecting Blisworth to the A43.
3. Existing rail lines are unlikely to have the capacity for additional freight when DIRFT 3 is running at capacity.
4. If either Application were to be approved this could result in a reduction in passenger rail services from Northampton.
5. Substantially more local air pollution would be created, with indisputable deleterious effects on the health of the local population. Light and noise pollution would also significantly affect the quality of life in the adjacent villages.