Hun­dreds of jobs to be cre­ated at new ser­vice sta­tion

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

MORE than 200 new jobs are to be cre­ated with the con­struc­tion of a new mo­tor­way ser­vice sta­tion on the M6 near Coven­try.

The new ser­vice sta­tion just north of junc­tion one for Rugby in­cludes plans for a 100-bed­room ho­tel.

Un­til now there has been a lack of ser­vices in the area - de­spite the huge num­ber of ve­hi­cles us­ing the junc­tion to travel north and south on the M1 and M6.

If driv­ers are com­ing from the M1 go­ing north­bound to join the M6, they won’t find a ser­vice sta­tion for nearly 15 miles un­til they reach Cor­ley.

And for com­muters trav­el­ling south, they will have to wait even longer, with nearly 25 miles to a rest stop at Wat­ford Gap ser­vices on the M1.

Ap­pli­cant Moto has been granted per­mis­sion by Rugby Bor­ough Coun­cil to de­mol­ish a farm build­ing to make way for the new de­vel­op­ment north of Junc­tion One.

The ho­tel will be joined by a main build­ing with 42,614 sq ft of in­ter­nal space hous­ing a restau­rant, shops, tourist in­for­ma­tion and a games/leisure area.

There will also be a drive-thru cof­fee shop and a petrol sta­tion.

The ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved by the coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day.

A doc­u­ment pub­lished ahead of the meet­ing said: “The fun­da­men­tal na­ture of a mo­tor­way ser­vice area as an ap­pro­pri­ate pro­vi­sion for the safety and wel­fare of road users on the mo­tor­way net­work is also given con­sid­er­able weight.

“The lack of al­ter­na­tive lo­ca­tions along the M6 to ac­com­mo­date this de­mand is also given sig­nif­i­cant weight. The sub­stan­tial ranges of eco­nomic, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits are to be pro­por­tioned sig­nif­i­cant weight.”

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