Wetherspoons to open up a pub... on the motorway
Dr Dan Poulter, doctor and MP, said: "It’s quite an extraordinary story. We know that even minimum alcohol in the bloodstream can affect people’s reaction to drive. So that’s something that I would certainly as a doctor have some concerns over."
Sir Ian Gilmore, chairman of the Alcohol Health Alliance, said: "Opening a bar at a service station sends out completely the wrong message if we are trying to prevent harm from alcohol-related traffic accidents."
Carol Whittingham, founder of the Campaign Against Drink Driving, added: “I’m absolutely astounded they have got permission for this. People will be tempted to drink and drive and I can’t understand how the local authority has allowed this.”
The pub chain has defended their decision and said it would not be checking if drinkers were planning to drive. Wetherspoons chairman Tim Martin actually hopes that he'll be able to open up loads of service station pubs and have been granted permission for a 24-hour bar and restaurant at junction 2 of the M40 at Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.
Wetherspoons also pointed out that drivers can already buy booze in service stations, adding that they "don’t see any problem."