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Radlett rail freight terminal concerns still linger

01 May 2013/Categories: Industry News


Controversial plans to build a new rail freight terminal near St Albans are still at the forefront of voters' minds ahead of an important upcoming local election.


77 seats are up for grabs on Hertfordshire County Council and BBC News reports that people are concerned about the proposed £300 million depot earmarked for the Radlett Airfield site.


The local authority had refused permission for the major rail freight hub in 2009, but plans submitted by developer HelioSlough have since been given the green light by secretary of state Eric Pickles.


More and more firms are transporting goods around the country by rail, as this is far more eco-friendly than delivering items via the road network. 


The government is keen to promote rail freight as a more sustainable alternative to road haulage and Mr Pickles clearly feels the new Hertfordshire terminal will bring economic benefits. 


However, more than 10,000 people have signed a petition that demands a rethink, as many locals think this particular site is not suitable for such a sizeable transport hub.

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