New motorways services at Leeds bring vital facilities for key workers
Extra MSA has opened a ‘next-generation’ £64m motorway service area (MSA) at Junction 45 of the M1 to provide vital facilities for key workers, emergency services and logistics providers.
Motorway services were recently endorsed as having an essential role in a letter by Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to MSA operators, and the phased opening of the new Leeds Skelton Lake site initially focuses on providing features such as a fuel filling station, Ionity electric vehicle charging points, a small shop and toilet/shower facilities, operating with the appropriate ‘precautionary measures’.
‘Non-essential’ facilities will open at a later date and will include the addition of a range of outlets for popular brands in the Food Court & Amenity Building, together with a Business Centre and 100-bedroom Ramada Hotel. There will also be a ‘new concept’ sourced market ‘branded’ food and beverage facility with a deli counter and a full range of high-quality naturally produced products, many sourced from the Yorkshire Region.
The Food Court & Amenity Building, which features surrounding landscaped areas, will also incorporate a Wildlife Visitor Centre to be operated by the RSPB.
Designed to be one of the most advanced and environmentally sustainable MSA facilities on the UK motorway network, the development also facilitates a community area for use by local groups and complements the adjacent proposed development for 1,800 new homes.