Gloucester to get ‘green’ motorway service station
August 11, 2010 § Leave a comment
The idea of a ‘green’ motorway service station is rather a contradiction in terms, but there’s some effort to make long-distance car journeys (when you have, or really want, to make them) a bit less unpleasant. The £35million Gloucestershire Gateway project, approved this week by planners, will site a new service station between junctions 11a and 12 on the M5. It’s to get charging points for electric vehicles and biofuel-compatible fuel pumps, will be built from locally-sourced timber and have 10% of its energy generated on-site, over half of its waste will be composted and used in the vegetable gardens, and staff will be bussed in. There will be no fast food chain concessions, and most food will be locally-sourced from within a 30-mile radius.
Credentials for the project come from the fact that the family-run developers Westmorland also created the award-winning (and very nice) independent Tebay services – with farm shop and Egon Ronay-rated restaurant – on the M6 in Cumbria. The locals are less convinced, however. More at The Guardian.