Plan for dozen motorway service areas revealed
MORE than a dozen service areas providing facilities for motorists are planned across the motorway network.
Parking, toilets, picnic areas and restaurant facilities are planned as part of EU regulations aimed at upgrading our transport network and avoiding accidents due to driver fatigue.
As many as seven 'full' service areas, similar to those in place on the M1 south, M1 north and M4 Enfield, are planned, which will allow motorists to rest, use dining facilities and refuel their vehicles. In addition, another five or six more basic 'rest' areas are planned where picnic tables, toilets and parking will be provided.
The National Roads Authority (NRA) plans to open public consultation on its proposals, to help decide where facilities are needed. Officials in the Department of Transport will be briefed on the plans today.
Under EU rules, facilities allowing motorists to rest must be provided every 100km, but could be put in place over shorter distances.