SMITHY WOOD: ‘Service station will prevent deaths’

Andrew Long, Chief Executive of Extra MSA who want to build a motorway service area at Jcn 35 on the M1 at Smithy Wood Picture Dean Atkins
Andrew Long, Chief Executive of Extra MSA who want to build a motorway service area at Jcn 35 on the M1 at Smithy Wood Picture Dean Atkins
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“We are proposing a service area that stops people getting killed.”

Extra MSA boss Andrew Long says a service station at Junction 35 of the M1 would stop motorists driving tired and causing crashes which kill people and cause congestion – which harms the economy.

Government policy states motorway services should be no more than 30 minutes’ drive apart at 60mph, he says.

But although the distance between Woodall to the south and Woolley Edge to the north is 30 miles – 30 minutes at that speed – traffic often goes slower so the trip takes longer, Long says.

Drivers on the M18 heading north face a 43-mile gap and an even longer drive between stops, Long added.

“There is a clear, road safety-related need for a service station in this area. There is a massive unmet demand from HGV drivers.”

Some 115,000 vehicles pass Smithy Wood every day and up to 8,000 are predicted to stop at the site.