New motorway services to open near Rugby on Friday - and it features electric car charging points and an array of businesses

The services were originally planned to open last year

Photo submitted by Moto.
Photo submitted by Moto.
Photo submitted by Moto.

The Moto services near on Junction 1 of the M6 are set to open tomorrow, Friday April 30.

The £40m site will, a spokesperson said, have created 120 jobs in the area once everything is fully running.

Originally due to open in July 2020, but delayed due to COVID-19, the new service area opens as lockdown restrictions are eased and will be in high demand with UK ‘staycations’ set to replace some of the travel abroad for summer 2021.

It will feature 24 ultra-rapid electric vehicle charging points, 12 Tesla & 12 Electric Highway, making it the largest ultra-rapid charging site on the motorway as Rugby Services becomes the UK’s flagship electric vehicle charging MSA. The chargers will have the capability to add up to 100 miles of range in less than five minutes

Businesses present at the services include Marks & Spencer, Greggs, Costa Coffee, KFC, Pret a Manger, Burger King, WHSmith and BP.

Ken McMeikan, Moto chief executive, said: "Investing £40m in our new MSA at Rugby at a time when COVID-19 has massively impacted hospitality and retail businesses across the UK is testament to the confidence we have in the UK’s ability to bounce back from the coronavirus crisis which has affected all of our lives.

"We listened to our customers and have tried to create the experience they want, with indoor and outdoor play areas for children, baby changing facilities, a multi-faith prayer room, dedicated ‘Changing Places’ toilet facilities, dog walking area, and many of the best food and drink brand outlets from the UK and globally.

"HGV drivers have been among the unsung heroes of COVID-19 moving vital food, medicines, and equipment across the UK.

"The new Rugby site has parking spaces for 100 Heavy Goods Vehicles and we hope HGV drivers will be delighted with the new facilities provided specifically for them.”