One of the UK’s leading motorway service operators wants to build a new motorway service area on the M25 in the Colne Valley between the M40 and the M4.
Welcome Break says the facility is needed to improve motorway safety by reducing the current 44 mile gap between existing services at Cobham and South Mimms, which is more than Highways England’s recommended safe limit of 28 miles or 30 minute drive.
The company says the project will create 450 new full time jobs, and more than 800 during construction.
The proposals include planning for the provision of up to 100 open access Electric Vehicle (EV) parking and charging facilities for the rapid charging of all EV types , powered by 100 per cent sustainable energy sources. Over time as EV adoption grows the charging capacity will expand further to meet it and to further reduce carbon footprint.
The proposed service area will have provision for more than 1300 car parking spaces and 200 HGV spaces. A hotel is also being proposed for motorway users.
Earlier this year another operator, Extra Motorway Service Stations submitted an outline planning applicationfor a Motorway Service Area between Junctions 16 and 17 of the M25.