Railfreight Campaign

The proposal to build a 3.5 million sq ft rail freight interchange in the green belt outside St Albans has united local people in opposition. Despite rejection on a local and national level in 2008, it has returned and hangs over our community.
Anne has been a key part of the STRIFE team, fighting proposals to build a vast rail freight terminal on land scheduled to be converted into a country park. Her work gathering evidence and lending expertise to the group was instrumental in getting the first proposal rejected in 2008, and will hopefully be again.
Anne has spoken out at every stage of the planning process and met with rail groups, residents, Government officials and freight operators to try to prove the proposal is for the wrong location. She has kept more than 1,000 local people in touch with the campaign, and helped to coordinate protests and objections. She has spoken out against the proposal at every opportunity, raising it in Parliament, at demos and at public hearings.

Press Releases

22nd October 2019

SRFI permission should be rescinded, says MP.

26th June 2018

MPs urge Council to prioritise housing over rail freight.

19th June 2018

Anne Main and Oliver Dowden meet with STRIFE.

22nd May 2018

Housing need trumps contentious rail freight site, says Anne Main MP.

18th July 2017

Network Rail still cannot provide answers on railfreight, says Anne Main MP.

20th June 2017

Lack of answers calls into question controversial railfreight, says Anne Main MP.

27th April 2017

‘Glimmer of hope’ over railfreight, says Anne Main MP.

31st March 2017

Anne Main MP calls for ‘urgent meeting’ over railfreight.

13th December 2016

Public ‘lack trust’ in Network Rail’s SRFI plans, says Anne Main MP.

1st December 2016

Anne writes to HCC about railfreight sustainable travel plan.


I’m not currently an MP, as Parliament has been dissolved until after the General Election on 12th December 2019. This website will not be updated during the election campaign and is for reference of my work when I was a Member of Parliament.

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