JD Wetherspoon has been given the go ahead for a £2 million bar and restaurant located on the M40 in Buckinghamshire that will be able to serve alcohol from 8am to 1am (Mirror).
According to the Mirror article, there were no objections from the police or South Bucks District Council.
However, Carole Whittingham, founder of the Campaign Against Drinking and Driving, said: “I’m absolutely astounded they have got permission. People will be tempted to drink and drive and I can’t understand how the local authority has allowed this.
“It is just not necessary – you can buy alcohol on every street corner so why tempt people by having it at motorways as well? I can see all sorts of problems and fear it is a disaster waiting to happen.”
JD Wetherspoon pointed out that service station shops already sell alcohol and that they will be catering for the tens of thousands of motorway users who are not drivers. Wetherspoon said no date has yet been fixed for the opening of the pub and its name has not yet been chosen.
Tim Martin, founder and chairman of JD Wetherspoon, said: “We are looking forward to opening our first licensed bar and restaurant on the motorway network. The company has always been innovative and this is an exciting new development for us.
“Hopefully it will be the first of many Wetherspoons on the motorway.”
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