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Britain's first motorway pub: Your views

After the announcement that JD Wetherspoon is set to open its first pub at a motorway service station, ITV News viewers have been giving their views on the issue on our Facebook page:

That's just enticing drivers to drink ... it's wrong.

– Nicola Gittings

Finally a move that puts responsibility back in our hands!

They serve great value meals for families, it's our responsibility to not drink and drive. If you can't walk into a pub without being tempted into drinking then you shouldn't be driving at all!

– Sue Mccarney

Pathetic idea! Yeah the food's ok but really ... [a] pub on a motorway [is] not a great idea is it.

– Lisa Hudson
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Motorway pub will pose a 'deadly temptation to drivers'

The road safety charity Brake has said that the opening of the first motorway pub is "desperately worrying" as it could pose a "potentially deadly temptation to drivers".

Will motorway pubs prove a temptation for drivers?
Will motorway pubs prove a temptation for drivers? Credit: Clara Molden/PA

Spokesperson Richard Coteau said: "There is widespread misunderstanding about the fact that even a small amount of alcohol has a significant impact on your ability to drive safely, so it’s desperately worrying that some drivers might think it’s okay to stop off for a quick drink on their way home."

"Research is clear that just one drink inflates your crash risk. That’s why our advice to drivers is if you are driving, don't drink any amount of alcohol – not a drop," he added.

'Hopefully first of many Wetherspoon’s on motorway'

Pub chain JD Wetherspoons has sparked controversy after announcing it plans to open the first licensed bar and restaurant at a motorway service station.

The pub will open at junction 2 of the M40 at Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire. The plans have however been heavily criticised by health charities who say it 'sends the wrong message'.

In a statement Wetherspoons Chairman Tim Martin says the £2 million project which will create 50 jobs is 'an exciting new development'.

“We are looking forwardto opening our first licensed bar and restaurant on the motorwaynetwork.

“The company has alwaysbeen innovative and this is an exciting new development for us.

“Hopefully it will bethe first of many Wetherspoon’s on the Motorway.”

– Wetherspoons Chairman Tim Martin
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Health charity: Motorway pub 'sends wrong message'

The chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA), which brings together organisations focussed on tackling alcohol misuse, has condemned plans for the first Wetherspoon motorway pub:

To reduce alcohol-related harm, we have to reduce its availability, not increase it. Opening a bar at a service station sends out completely the wrong message if we are trying to prevent harm from alcohol-related traffic accidents.

The AHA believes that a fundamental review of licensing law is required which focuses on controlling the availability of alcohol and reducing alcohol-related harm.

Public health should be a licensing objective in its own right, taking into consideration the total number of premises selling alcohol, of all kinds, and the impact of this provision on the health and wellbeing of the local population.

– Sir Ian Gilmore, chairman, Alcohol Health Alliance

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Plans to open pub at motorway services met with controversy

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Can't believe this nanny state is letting #weatherspoons open a pub on the motorway services, asking for trouble #anythingforprofit

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Weatherspoons are opening a pub at a motorway service station? Terrifying.

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First Wetherspoon motorway pub to open on M40

The nation's first Wetherspoon motorway pub will open at the Extra service station on the M40 near Beaconsfield, around four miles outside the capital's M25 ring road.

Extra's website describes it as "one of the newest and most attractive Motorway Service Areas in Europe".

Read: Wetherspoon to open first motorway pub amid outrage

The location of the Extra service station that will host the Wetherspoon's bar
The location of the Extra service station that will host the Wetherspoon bar Credit: Google Maps/Extra

The £2 million development has been given the go-ahead by Thames Valley Police and South Bucks District Council.

As part of its application, JD Wetherspoon said the pub would display notices reminding customers of the dangers of drink-driving, although a spokesman said bar staff would not ask customers whether they were driving.

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Wetherspoon to open first motorway pub amid outrage

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has been given the green light to open its first pub at a motorway service station despite criticism from campaigners that it will "tempt" drivers to drink.

The new bar will open at the Extra service station in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire later this year and will be licensed to serve alcohol between 8am and 1am.

A JD Wetherspoon sign at a public house in Putney south west London Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin called the unprecedented pub an "exciting new development" and said he hoped its would be "the first of many Wetherspoon's on the motorway".

However, road safety groups including Brake and the Alcohol Health Alliance have condemned the move saying the bar will send the wrong message to drivers.

The decline of London's pubs

The latest statistics show that pubs in London are still closing at an alarming rate.

On average, two a week are having to call last orders for a final time.

Many are being turned into supermarkets and fast food chains - and campaigners say they need help.

Piers Hopkirk has been to three pubs which each have a very different story:

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