What town would be complete without a Wetherspoons? Well, soon you’re going to be asking the same question about motorway service stations as J.D Wetherspoon plans to open a branch on the M40.
The pub chain is set to open at junction 2 of the M40 at Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire and will be granted a license to serve alcohol from 8am – 1am, seven days a week.
A pub on the side of a motorway – we’re not to sure that’s a great idea. But of course we’re not the only ones who think that this is probably a ridiculous move.
A spokesman for the cheap beer outlet has defended the plans saying that they also serve food and non-alcoholic drinks.
“We don’t see any problem,” he said.
“We believe the majority of people that use the pub to drink will be people that aren’t driving – coach parties or people travelling with others.
“We won’t be asking them whether they are driving. It’s up to them.”
It’s a bit of a strange move from a government who want to make it more expensive to drink in our own homes but think it’s ok to tempt drivers with a pint, don’t you think?
Carol Whittingham, the founder of Campaign Against Drink Driving, said: ‘I’m absolutely astounded they have got permission for this.
‘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?
Then again, the French serve alcohol along the motorway network…what could possibly go wrong?
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