HC Deb 01 December 1989 vol 162 c440W
Mr. Bowis

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many motorway service stations there are on the M25(a) north of the Thames and (b) south of the Thames; and when he expects more such service stations to be in operation.

Mr. Atkins

There is currently one motorway service area operational on the M25; this is north of the Thames at South Mimms. Three others are proposed. One is under construction at Thurrock just north of the Dartford crossing. It is hoped that it will begin operating next year. Our proposals for services at Clacket lane near Westerham, Kent are well advanced but await the outcome of legal proceedings by one of the landowners affected by the scheme.

I recently announced a new search for a suitable site in the western quadrant of the M25; our original proposals for a service area at Iver have been dropped as they were not compatible with proposed widening of the motorway. I will make a further announcement about this in due course.