£300m rail depot scheme unveiled

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A scheme to build a £300m rail freight depot at the site of a former aerodrome could create up to 3,000 jobs.

Helioslough, the developers, is hoping to build the huge interchange on 250 acres of land at Radlett Aerodrome, near Park Street village, St Albans.

The scheme, which has not yet been submitted as a formal planning application, goes on public display on Thursday in St Albans.

A bypass for Park Street will form part of the plan for the old airfield site.

A spokesman for Helioslough told BBC News that once it is fully operation about 3,000 workers will be employed at the site, but due to the 24-hour shifts only 1,000 workers would be there at any one time.

'Plan could reduce traffic'

"It's not just Radlett, it's Park Street, it's Frogmore, it's London Colney, it's St Albans. This will urbanise that whole area which at the moment is greenbelt."

Simon Hoare, of Helioslough, said without the new rail freight depot, Park Street will be suffering 14,000 vehicles per day within the next five years.

"An awful lot of traffic which is using Park Street, doesn't actually need to get to Park Street, it's just using it as a rat run," he said.

"Our studies show that we can reduce traffic on Park Street, and that is congestion and emissions and quality of life and local environment, down to 2,000 vehicles a day, so that's a very substantial cut."

The plans are expected to go before St Albans Council at a later date.
Also visit http://www.hertsmere.gov.uk/planning/news/radlettaerodromeconsultation about the project

Radlett Aerodrome consultation
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4.52pm, 7 September 2006

Hertsmere Borough Council will be responding to the consultation on the proposed rail freight terminal planned for the former Radlett Aerodrome site in St Albans.

The planned terminal is sited east of Park Street and situated within the boundaries of St Albans, however the Council are asking for resident’s views to help form part of a report to be submitted to Councillors.

The planning application is for the development of a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange, which includes distribution buildings with associated road, rail and other infrastructure works including parking for up to 1665 cars and 617 lorries, landscaping and a new relief road on the Park Street/Frogmore junction. The overall proposals involve 419 hectares to include additional landscaping and other works on further sites to provide public access to open land and community forest.

James Silvester, Principal Planning Policy Officer at Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “It is vital that we give members of the community an opportunity to be involved in the planning process of any major development. Even though the application is with St Albans City and District Council, it is important our resident's views are heard.

“We are inviting people, and groups, to submit their views on the proposed freight terminal. These views will then be collated and taken into consideration when we prepare a report for Councillors on the planning application.

“I would urge people to submit their views on the terminal – it is important to make your voice heard.”
 
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