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Britain's first motorway services pub: Your views

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."

The Wetherspoons pub opened this morning Credit: PA

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?"

The first pint was served at the Hope and Champion this morning Credit: ITV News/Richard Pallot

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."

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Debut pint bought at Britain's first motorway pub

The first pint has been bought at the Hope and Champion, a Wetherspoons pub located at the M40 services in Beaconsfield.

The first pint has been bought at the Hope and Champion, located at an M40 service station Credit: ITV News/Richard Pallot

The controversial pub is Britain's first at a motorway service station, and will be open from 4am to 1am seven days a week.

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Wetherspoons motorway services pub opens today

A new Wetherspoons pub at the M40 services in Beaconsfield will open today, despite controversy over the availability of alcohol to drivers.

Britain's first motorway services pub, the Hope and Champion, opens today Credit: PA

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.

'Only 12%' support pubs opening in service stations

The RAC said a survey of 2,000 people showed that only 12% supported putting pubs into motorway service stations.

Around two-thirds said they did not agree with the move, with older drivers more likely to oppose the sale of alcohol at motorway service areas.

Only 8% of over-55s were in favour, with 71% against, while almost one in five of those aged between 18 and 34 were in support.

Around one in four of everyone questioned were undecided on the issue.

Controversial Wetherspoon pub opens on motorway

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.

Wetherspoon chair Tim Martin said there was 'mimimal chance' the pub would lead to drink driving. Credit: Reuters

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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

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? 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.

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

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".

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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