Ireland's first motorway service station opened last month in Lusk, North County Dublin.
The SuperStop Consortium (made up of Applegreen, Pierse Contracting and TOP), won the PPP Contract from the National Roads Authority to provide these state of the art Motorway Service Areas and already have 6 sites up and running.
50 times the size of an average petrol station the new facilities ensure safe, relaxed travel for road users traveling on Ireland's motorways and should contribute to better and safer motoring.
We couldn't wait to visit and see first hand what services were on offer.
The Lusk Motorway Service Area was the first of two sites in the area, one on either side of the M1 Motorway. The sites provide facilities on a par with those seen in continental Europe, with specific services for both hauliers and private motorists.
These facilities include parking for 246 vehicles including designated spaces for 184 cars, 13 motorbikes, 10 coaches and 39 HGVs.
They are also more 'family friendly' than anything else seen to date, with everything from bottle heating facilities & changing rooms to indoor and outdoor playgrounds. These facilities include;
- Public Toilets – 10 female toilets, 10 male toilets, 2 female/ 2 male showers, 2 baby changing rooms, 2 disabled toilets
- Playgrounds - indoor and outdoor
- Food – Burger King, Costa Coffee and an aCafé. There is indoor seating for 250 diners with an additional 30 outdoor seats to enjoy during the better weather.
If you've had a chance to visit any of the 'SuperStops' why not tell us what you though? We'd love to hear from you.