The countdown is on over a controversial plan to build a new railfreight terminal in Hertfordshire. A proposed scheme on a disused airfield at Radlett, south of St Albans on the Midland Main Line, already has a tangled legal history. The proposal was first made nine years ago, when the freehold of the land was transferred to Hertfordshire County Council, but with a 21-year covenant attached. The controversy has been reinforced by a determined local campaign to block the scheme, including a petition which has most recently attracted more than 1,800 signatures in 24 hours.
The Department for Transport has denied reports that Network Rail could be returned to the private sector. Various possibilities are said to be on the table, including dividing NR into regions as well as the more extreme option of involving the private sector once again. The RMT union said it would 'fight these moves'.
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