Carry on up the car park
It’s been a big month in motoring circles, for both the World’s Coolest Car Parks and England’s best and worst service stations have been revealed.
Thousands of votes were cast in the unlikely competition to “celebrate creativity and design in buildings that can often be perceived as dull and dreary”.
Quick Parking Morelli – set in an underground cave in the centre of Naples – was the runaway winner from a shortlist compiled by Designcurial and airport parking site Looking4.com. AZ Sint Lucas in Belgium and Victoria Gate in Leeds were second and third. Pictured is Cliniques Universitaires Saint Luc, also in Belgium.
Meanwhile, Thurrock services on the M25 in Essex has taken the unwanted title of England’s worst service station with a user satisfaction score of 68%.
Ranked in 111th place, Thurrock is joined at the bottom by two more service stations operated by Moto: Toddington Southbound M1 in Bedfordshire and Southwaite Northbound M6 in Cumbria.
The survey from travel watchdog Transport Focus saw Norton Canes services on the M6 Toll in Staffordshire top the poll, with a fellow Roadchef establishment, Stafford Southbound M6, the runner-up.