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Village councillors wary of rail hub impact

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 29, 2014

By RICH GUTTRIDGE

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A SIX million sq ft rail freight exchange set to create 7,000 jobs in South Derbyshire could have a detrimental impact on neighbouring villages, it is feared.

Egginton Parish Council has become the latest authority in the district to voice concerns over the project, which is expected to be the biggest planning application in the history of South Derbyshire, after a public consultation was launched earlier this week.

Chairman Lisa Brown listed traffic, lighting and an increase in crime among potential knock-on effects she believes could arise from the building of the rail hub near Etwall.

She said roads such as the A5132 could become over-subscribed and parts of the village ‘rat-runs’ for people accessing the site from the A38.

She said: “It would be a rail hub serving the East Midlands so traffic could come from anywhere.

She added that lighting would have to be on 24 hours day as there would be high-value goods on site and said a similar terminal in Northamptonshire had been targeted by criminals.

Residents in Repton also have their reservations.

Village parish council chairman John Shortt said many people were concerned about the project.

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