A new service station on the M6, run by Moto, opened its doors on April 30 creating more than 100 jobs for the region. Located at Junction 1 for Rugby the services are the UK’s flagship electric vehicle charging motorway services. It offers 24 rapid-charging points which allow for vehicles to gain 100 miles of charge in less than five minutes.
The service station also offers motorists some top eateries and stores. Such as Marks & Spencer, Greggs, Costa Coffee, KFC, Pret a Manger, Burger King and WHSmith. Giving electric car owners plenty to keep them occupied while they wait for their vehicles to charge.
Moto also says there will be upgraded wifi, contactless charge points and seating booths which will make the service station an ideal place for work meet-ups.
The opening of the service station was delayed due to the covid pandemic. With restrictions now being lifted in the UK it was able to open creating nearly 120 jobs, some of which for retail assistants and team members are still advertised. The new site represents an investment of £40 million.
Ken McMeikan, Chief Executive of Moto, said: “We are delighted to finally be opening our newest Motorway Service Area. At Moto we are committed to sustainable motoring and the part we can play in giving motorists the confidence to switch to electric vehicles over the coming years”.
“Investing £40m in our new service station 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 baby 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.”