The debut pint has just been served at Britain's first motorway services pub - but should it be allowed there in the first place? Here are some of your views:
Nick Chapman: "Guaranteed drinking and driving."
Andrew Hadfield: "Wetherspoons also do good cheap meals which is what you want at a sevice station. Will now go to Wetherspoons for a meal and a coke. It wouldn't make me drink and drive."
Matthew Agar Hutton: "Accident waiting to happen."
Claire Butler: "They'll be putting car parks in pubs next! Oh wait..."
Trudi Materna: "I think the M&S and Waitrose supermarkets at the service stations sell wine don't they? How's this any different/worse really?"
Deb's Withers: "Why do you have to go in a pub to drink alcohol? Thay serve really nice coffee and lovely food which makes a change from over-priced soggy sandwiches."
Amanda Andrews: "Booze is freely available at service stations, if people wanted to get drunk they will."
Nikki Williams: "Ridiculous if you ask me. If someone driving on a motorway wanted a drink and had to hunt to find a pub they wouldn't bother. And someone who is already tired and has a drink is just an accident waiting to happen. How this was allowed I don't know."
A new Wetherspoons pub at the M40 services in Beaconsfield will open today, despite controversy over the availability of alcohol to drivers.
The company has spent more than £1.1 million on the Hope and Champion, which is at the Extra Motorway Service Area at junction 2 of the M40. It is the first pub to be opened at a motorway service station.
The pub will be open from 4am to 1am seven days a week, selling real ale from local and regional brewers as well as hot drinks.
A new pub being opened at a motorway service station today was "at odds" with public opinion which was firmly against the move, according to road safety campaigners.
Pub chain JD Wetherspoon said its Hope And Champion will be open from 4am to 1am, seven days a week, in the Extra Motorway Service Area at junction 2 of the M40 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.
The company has spent more than £1.1 million on the pub - the first to be opened at a motorway service area - which will sell real ale from local and regional brewers as well as non-alcoholic and hot drinks.
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".
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.
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
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.