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A proposed new rail freight line will blight thousands of homes and cause major disruption to businesses, the Assoc...
A proposed new rail freight line will blight thousands of homes and cause major disruption to businesses, the Association of London Government has told MPs.

The ALG has written to all MPs in the capital urging them to vote against the Central Railway scheme when it comes before the Commons next week.

'We fully support the principle of transferring freight traffic from road to rail, but such schemes have to be realistic. This proposal would cause intolerable disruption in very heavily-populated areas and must be opposed,' said ALG environment chair, Sally Powell.

'Whatever the environmental advantages of rail over road traffic - and they are considerable - this proposal to drive a major new rail link through the heart of London is insensitive in the extreme. While an alternative route avoiding heavily-populated areas might be worthy of support, this is not.'

Central Railways proposes a freight line between the Channel tunnel and Leicestershire. It would cross the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Hillingdon.

Because is has been designated as a scheme of national significance under the Transport and Works Act 1992, it will require a positive resolution from both houses of parliament before it can proceed to a public inquiry. The ALG has asked London MPs to vote against the proposal, and to press instead for a thorough study of all the options to find a more suitable route.

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