Applegreen plans first English motorway service stations

Irish firm Applegreen is planning to build a new motorway service station on a 22-acre site at J4 of the M42 near Birmingham, and is also in talks to open a service area on the M3 near Basingstoke.

The Birmingham 21.5-acre scheme, which will be the largest, will boast a rolling ‘green roof’ on the main amenity building.

The main parking area will cater for over 600 cars and 70 HGVs with separate fuel and parking for trucks and coaches. A new pedestrian bridge over the M42 will also be required.

The firm is in talks with Deane Borough Council for the Basingstoke plans. The facilities at the site, known as Kennel Farm, would include a service area amenity building and around 300 parking spaces.