There is a proposal of building a new MSA (Motorway Service Area) just off J11a on the M5.
The model that is being used is that of Tebay in Cumbria, which I have to say I do like a lot, (as far as MSAs go anyway).
I do also think there is a need of one on that stretch, as there are no provisions otherwise. There are services off J9 and J12, but unless you know they are there then you dont find them. This could be countered by better signage, but do they really fulfil the need or are they too small.
The Highways say that this is a critical stretch as there are no services if you were to travel on the M50 and then turn south on the M5. There are none until Strensham.
Many arguments say “if you need the loo, just hold on” which is easy for an adult, but with children its not the same.
Another issue, is the attitude of some of the activists. My wife had one asking her to sign the petition, and when she politely said no as she thought they were actually a good idea, the lady was very “off” to say the least, with no discussion to attempt to educate or persuade, she was just rude.
There is the line of argument that it may spoil the countryside. If it is based on the Tebay model, then it should be ok, but that is only my opinion. It thinks it will also make 300 permanent jobs and a further 200 to build it, which can’t be a bad thing.
So, overall I’m still undecided really, I’m certainly not against it at this stage, but I can’t say I’m amazingly excited about it either. I can’t see me using it really as I would be so close to home.