Chance to sign petition against rail freight terminal in Radlett this weekend

Borehamwood Times: Ann Goddard with other members of the Elstree & Borehamwood Greenbelt Association Ann Goddard with other members of the Elstree & Borehamwood Greenbelt Association

Campaigners fighting against plans for a rail freight terminal will take to the streets with their petition.

Residents who have not yet signed the petition against the Helioslough proposal in Park Street will be able to show their support at St Albans market from 9.30am on Saturday.

The online petition, set up last month, hopes to convince Hertfordshire County Council not to sell the land needed to build the controversial terminal near Radlett.

Secretary of State Eric Pickles said the plans will go ahead - despite objections from residents, politicians and councils.

So far the petition has collected 7,714 signatures and the closing date to sign is March 31.

Last week, members of the Elstree & Borehamwood Greenbelt told the Borehamwood Times the terminal would cause “mammoth” traffic jams in the area.

Ann Goddard, of Deacons Hill Road, Elstree, said: “The plans are crazy. The traffic tailbacks here are bad enough as it is, but this will make it so much worse.

“It will be generally awful and unpleasant for anyone in the area, and a beautiful patch of green belt will be lost forever.”

To sign the petition, click here

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12:04pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Reader (R) says...

I wish people would stop scaremongering and tell it how it will be:

When in full operation only 24 trains a day will use the site (12 in and 12 out). Freight trains already use the midland line so no tunnel upgrading is required.

With the major share of terminal generated traffic leaving via a link to the A414 there will be no local HGV traffic. The plans even state that HGV's will be barred from using the A5183 AND Harper Lane.

As for the terminal looking unsightly, you can't see it from the surrounding roads network. And finally, included in the plans are provision of a ParkStreet/Frogmore by-pass which will REDUCE local traffic and make journey times shorter for local people.

JUST SAY IT AS IT WILL BE AND NOT AS YOU THINK IT SHOULD BE!”
I wish people would stop scaremongering and tell it how it will be: When in full operation only 24 trains a day will use the site (12 in and 12 out). Freight trains already use the midland line so no tunnel upgrading is required. With the major share of terminal generated traffic leaving via a link to the A414 there will be no local HGV traffic. The plans even state that HGV's will be barred from using the A5183 AND Harper Lane. As for the terminal looking unsightly, you can't see it from the surrounding roads network. And finally, included in the plans are provision of a ParkStreet/Frogmore by-pass which will REDUCE local traffic and make journey times shorter for local people. JUST SAY IT AS IT WILL BE AND NOT AS YOU THINK IT SHOULD BE!” Reader (R)
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4:47pm Fri 22 Feb 13

mr.taxpayer says...

It's all the snobs and old fuddy duddies from Radlett who don't want it, what about all the jobs it will bring to the area?

And as for the crazy lady from Deacons Hill Road, what the hell has her road got to do with any development the other side of Radlett towards St.Albans.

Crazyness! Don't these people have hobbies to fill their empty lives?!
It's all the snobs and old fuddy duddies from Radlett who don't want it, what about all the jobs it will bring to the area? And as for the crazy lady from Deacons Hill Road, what the hell has her road got to do with any development the other side of Radlett towards St.Albans. Crazyness! Don't these people have hobbies to fill their empty lives?! mr.taxpayer
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