Luton Plan for Rail Freight weakens case for Radlett proposal

On Tuesday this week the Executive Committee of Central Bedfordshire Council approved its new development strategy which includes plans for a rail freight interchange at Upper Sundon. Whilst this is just the first stage of the process with a full council, public consultation, Secretary of State and a further public examination process still to go, this signals Central Bedfordshire’s desire for a rail freight interchange. The Sundon site uses the same line as the Radlett proposal however it does not have many of the disadvantages of the Radlett site. Anne Main has written to the Minister who is currently considering the Radlett application informing him of Central Bedfordshire’s decision and encouraging him to reject the Radlett application.

After sending the letter Anne said:
“If we needed any more reasons why we should not have rail freight in St Albans this is it. Whilst the Sundon site is not without its problems, I have pointed out to the Minister it is a far more sustainable development than Radlett. Many factors make the Sundon site the logical choice; it has the required local workforce which the planning inspector said the Radlett site does not. The Council in Central Bedfordshire wants this development and the people of St Albans do not. I have always maintained that the Radlett proposal is completely inappropriate and the decision made by Central Bedfordshire Council is a further reason why the Radlett proposal should be rejected.”

| Letter to Nick Boles MP, 8th Nov 2012


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