Hundreds of jobs to be created at new service station
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.”