Forty per cent of drivers want motorway pubs banned

Staff writer
The new  JD  Weatherspoon pub which  has opened at the M40 Services at Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 21, 2014. See PA story  . Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The new JD Weatherspoon pub which has opened at the M40 Services at Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 21, 2014. See PA story . Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The first pub on the UK's sprawling motorway network opened in 2014, and was met with hefty criticism. Three years on and the public are no more enamoured with the idea of a public house on the public highway, as a recent survey has found.

Online car service provider Servicing Stop carried out the poll of over 1,000 drivers, asking them to list what they'd like to see more of on motorways – and what they'd like to see banned. It found 40 per cent of drivers would like to see pubs abolished – beating out old-time bugbears like billboard advertising, speed cameras and overpriced petrol.