Rail­way threat

Canal Boat - - Letters - RE­BECCA WHITE, via Face­book

Ob­vi­ously, you know all about the Blisworth Tun­nel and the Grand Union Canal, the rail­way is right by the side of the canal and pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is so huge that it will be like a gi­ant in­land port akin to Dover if con­structed; the ware­hous­ing will back right onto the canal’s tow­path.

As I’m sure you know, much work has been done to tidy up that stretch and make it a re­ally pleas­ant place to walk as well as visit on the canal. We also have a great deal of vis­i­tors head­ing to and from Stoke Bruerne.

Day trips, trips through the tun­nel and hol­i­days (a com­pany even runs ser­vices from the vil­lage of Blisworth) are all gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity and to have a noisy, pol­lut­ing, mon­stros­ity like that along­side the canal would surely dam­age the ecosys­tem, wildlife and ul­ti­mately, stop peo­ple visit­ing this valu­able piece of our her­itage.

To add in­sult to in­jury, a fur­ther Strate­gic Rail Freight In­ter­change is threat­ened, this time at the vil­lage of Collingtree ad­join­ing Mil­ton Mal­sor, on the same stretch of rail­way. It is pos­si­ble that both sites will go ahead. If this hap­pens, we truly be­lieve that all three vil­lages will be lost and the canal and rail her­itage, dat­ing from the in­cep­tion of the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion, will be de­stroyed.

I wanted to raise your aware­ness. If you were able to per­haps high­light the sit­u­a­tion in your pub­li­ca­tion, that would be won­der­ful.

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