Controversial Wetherspoons pub opens on M40 motorway

A controversial new JD Wetherspoon pub opens at a motorway service station in Buckinghamshire today. The Hope and Champion in Beaconsfield will be open from 4am to 1am seven days a week.

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Inside the first pub to serve alcohol on a motorway

A customer walks past a drink aware sign in The new JD Wetherspoon pub Credit: PA Wire
Customers Roger Smith (right) and Craig Pile drink at the Hope and Champion Credit: PA Wire
Tom from Beaconsfield buys the first pint from shift manager Derek Credit: PA Wire
A customer receives his fried breakfast Credit: PA Wire
Outside the new pub at the M40 Services at Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire Credit: PA Wire

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'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.

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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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