Sunday 24 March 2019

M11 service station expected to open its doors within months

The M11 service station at Ballyellen
The M11 service station at Ballyellen

Esther Hayden

Plans are on track to open the M11 service station in the second quarter of the year.

Last Friday Sean O'Neill, Director of Corporate Communications at Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) confirmed that the Ballyellen service station remains on track to open in the second quarter of this year.

The service station has been beset with problems since it was first mooted. Initially there had been several objections from local businesses but a traffic assessment proved the need for the service area on the motor way.

Works got under way in August 2013 and finished in 2015, a year behind schedule. However four years on the doors remain closed at a cost of €20,000 a month. The 24-hour security patrol at the empty building is already after costing over €400,000 in addition to the initial €10 million investment.

Circle K will operate the service station after a protracted tender process and the company began kitting out the building in September 2018 and a recruitment drive began in November 2018 with staff being told the service station would be open before the end of the year.

However this never came to pass and the current proposed opening date is during the second quarter of this year with April being mooted as a possible date.

The building which has three entrances will also have a forecourt, car park and picnic area.

Gorey Guardian