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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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Andrew Gwilt Canaryfan No. Service areas on motorways and trunk roads should not allow to have pubs who sell alcohol. Alcohol and driving don't go well.

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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.

New pub for M40 service station

The JD Wetherspoon pub will be open for 21 hours a day at the M40 service station. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A new £1 million pub will open at a motorway service station today, creating 120 jobs.

The JD Wetherspoon pub will be open for 21 hours a day, seven days a week, in the Extra Motorway Service Area at junction 2 of the M40 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

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

Head of external affairs Pete Williams said: "The public appear to be very much against the introduction of motorway pubs.

"We appreciate the vast majority of motorists drive responsibly and that alcohol is already available in shops at motorway services, but for many this decision seems to be at odds with common sense. In our view this is a risky and frankly unnecessary move."

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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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