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Saturday 16 February 2019

Service station wait continues

Unlikely M11 facility will open for two months - despite 2018 start promise

Sara Gahan

The doors of the M11 Service Station at Ballyellen remain shut despite an announcement in November that it was due to open 'in late 2018'.

The ongoing frustration continues with a spokesperson on behalf of Circle K saying they will not have a concrete opening date for another few weeks at least.

Building work was completed three years ago and the service station has been lying idle at a cost of €20,000 per month.

In November, Circle K were recruiting staff for their Gorey store and stated in the job advertisement that they planned to open in late 2018, but the doors remain closed with no sign of business getting under way.

A contract was signed in July of this year between Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and Topaz-Circle K with regard to the M11 service station following a lengthy court battle last year.

Building work was finished on site in May 2015 and Topaz, now Circle K, submitted the preferred tender to run it. In August that year, the SuperStop 2 Consortium, involving Applegreen and Tedcastles Oil Products, launched a challenge in the Commercial Court to the awarding of the Gorey tender, and two others at Kilcullen, Co Kildare, and Moate, Co Westmeath which have yet to be built.

Under the reached agreement, Circle K will operate the facility at Ballyellen.

The opening will be welcomed following the announcement that TII has been spending €20,000 per month since 2015 on making the site secure.

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