Sunday 23 July 2017

Forecourt firms end legal fight over service stations

A settlement has been reached between forecourt operator Topaz and rivals Applegreen and Tedcastles Oil ProductsPhoto: Arthur Carron/Collins
A settlement has been reached between forecourt operator Topaz and rivals Applegreen and Tedcastles Oil ProductsPhoto: Arthur Carron/Collins

Simon Rowe

A settlement has been reached between forecourt operator Topaz and rivals Applegreen and Tedcastles Oil Products in a legal row over the award of a State concession to manage three motorway service stations.

Sources close to the deal say the parties have "agreed to put their swords away" after a costly two-year legal battle.

The agreement means that construction at two sites on the M9 and M6 can begin, and fit-out work can recommence at a third site on the M11.

The three service stations are expected to be open for business within a year.

The disputed contract award by the former National Roads Authority involved the design, build, operation and finance of the Moate (Westmeath) and Kilcullen (Kildare) service stations and shops, and the fit-out and operation of the M11 service station at Ballyellen, Gorey.

The Gorey building was developed by Transport Infrastrucure Ireland (TII) - the new name for the National Roads Authority. The buildings at Kilcullen and Moate have not yet been developed.

TII said work finished on the Gorey station in May 2015 and Topaz was chosen as the successful bidder to operate it and the other two stations.

But the award of the tender was contested by the SuperStop 2 consortium, involving Applegreen and Tedcastles.

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