Motorway services may receive major facelifts

March 23, 2015 | By | In News

Motorway service stations could receive a complete overhaul to make them more appealing to passing motorists, if a new government scheme goes ahead.

While cleanliness and the cost of food have both come under fire in the past, the purpose of the latest scheme is to make the design of service stations much more enticing, with ministers planning to set up a new panel to focus on the aesthetics of around 100 sites around the UK, writes The Times.

Key to the new proposals, according to transport minister John Hayes, is to give roadside service stations a much more airy feel with plenty of natural light along with greater provision of green spaces outside. Another measure under consideration is attempting to make the whole shopping environment more appealing and varied, by encouraging independent cafes and shops to locate themselves in such sites, Mr Hayes adds.

Services in the UK are seen as more of a necessity; somewhere quite bleak that you have to stop for fuel and food, rather than a particularly pleasant place to be.

Making more electric car-charging points available is also on the cards, as a move to promote the use of electric cars on longer journeys. Talking about his plans for updated service stations, Hayes said in a speech: “These places should be charming and eclectic, creating a break from the particular monotony of long-distance travel,” reports The Times.

Edmund King, president of the AA said: “Services in the UK are seen as more of a necessity; somewhere quite bleak that you have to stop for fuel and food, rather than a particularly pleasant place to be.”

Mr King added that making service areas destinations in their own right could play a role in improving road safety: “Improving the general feel of the service area would encourage many more people to pull over, and that’s crucial given the importance of regular breaks when you’re driving long distances.”

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