Motorway service station at Duxford M11 junction?
Parish councils are hearing about plans to build a service station of some size next to the M11 and Duxford air museum.
The intended location is at the south-east quadrant of the junction, opposite the Airspace hangar on the airfield, on the east side of the motorway. Access will not be directly from the M11, but via the Junction 10 roundabout, the A505, and probably a small stretch of Hunts Road.
All the facilities normally available at an MSA are intended to be provided, including a drive-through coffee shop and possibly a small budget hotel. The hours of operation will be 24/7. The opportunities for local employment were emphasised, and Moto expressed concern for the welfare of drivers increasingly subject to stress in today’s taxing conditions.
There wasn't a dry eye in the house.
They also put forward the view that:
- the objections that caused the rejection of the year 2000 proposal are no longer relevant, as there is now no requirement to demonstrate need; market forces alone will decide.
- Neither is any minimum distance between MSAs specified.
But we know there are now much tighter restrictions about air shows and safety so their path may not be as smooth as they hope.