Permission granted for motorway stations

Published Wednesday, 16 January 2013
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Planning permission has been granted by the Environment Minister for NI's first ever motorway service stations.

Permission granted for motorway stations
Petrogas Ltd submitted the planning applications in October. (© Getty)

The two M2 stations will be located opposite each other on either side of the motorway at Browns Road, Ballycraigy, about two miles west of the Sandyknowles roundabout.

Two proposed service stations for the M1 go to Lisburn Council on Wednesday night for ratification.

Also located opposite each other, they will be situated almost midway between Lisburn and Belfast - a quarter mile south of the Ballyskeagh Road.

The proposed stations will have direct slip road access on and off the M1 and M2 in each direction, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

At present, commuters have to leave the motorway at an existing junction to find a nearby service station.

Petrogas Ltd, who operate the ROI motorway service station brand Applegreen, submitted the proposals in October.

DOE Planning recommended approval for the phased development.

Environment minister Alex Attwood says that the stations will be "good for travellers and good for jobs."

"Their development will also provide a significant boost to the local economy, with a potential investment of some £20million.

"In bringing forward these recommendations my officials have been mindful that it is crucial that the planning system delivers for applicants who, despite difficult conditions, have the confidence to invest in Northern Ireland and provide significant employment generating activities.

"These applications were turned around in just under 12 weeks, exceeding the Programme for Government commitment of six months."

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Stuart in Bangor wrote (676 days ago):
I regularly drive long distances but I don't think we need them because there's enough petrol stations around or towns and cities and on major roads in rural areas. I regularly drive from Bangor to Omagh and I know of a lot of petrol stations of the M1 like the BP just beside the Moira junction and the other BPs between dungannon and Ballygawley. I personally will keep going to those places for petrol and snacks.
Ben in London wrote (676 days ago):
I find the ones we have in England are quiet dirty and appalling food that they charge alot for. I went to one just outside Dublin it was very nice. Lovely food and so much to choose from.
Belfast in Belfast wrote (677 days ago):
This would be great to see as a taxi driver it would be great for our airport runs. I dont even mind paying that bit extra for fuel in them. I hope they kit them out like the uk and the south with a shop, hot food, rest rooms and the kids play area. And good parking Cant wait to see them built.
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