HC Deb 17 February 1965 vol 706 c224W
54. Mr. Goodhew

asked the Minister of Transport if he will outline his policy for the positioning of service areas on trunk routes.

Mr. Tom Fraser

I have powers to provide service areas on motorways only. Subject to topography and the desirability for safety reasons of locating them at least two miles from junctions, service area sites are selected at approximately 12mile intervals. Since my powers of compulsory purchase of land are restricted, service areas must normally be close alongside the motorway. The precise locations are decided after consultation with the local authorities, who give outline planning permission. Initially, alternate sites are developed: the others are reserved for development when justified by the growth of traffic.