Junction 11 Services Warrington

Plans revealed for £50m Warrington motorway services

Extra MSA Group has outlined proposals to build a motorway services at Junction 11 of the M62 in a move that could create up to 250 permanent jobs.

The developer is holding two public consultations on the proposals ahead of submitting a planning application later this year. The proposed services will include food, retail, and leisure units, and will be Extra’s second site in the North West, after Blackburn with Darwen services on the M65.

Extra is estimating the proposals could create up to 300 construction jobs, along with between 200 and 250 full-time equivalent permanent jobs once the site is operational. It is also expected to generate around £1.2m per year in business rates.

The developer said the buildings had been designed to “echo surrounding agricultural buildings” in the area, which sits off Birchwood Way to the north of Junction 11.

Extra argued the proposals would improve road safety by meeting a gap in service provision along the motorway; under Government guidelines, service areas are required to be less than 30 minutes’ drive, and no more than 28 miles apart.

The two consultation events will be held at Croft Village Memorial Hall between 17:00 and 20:00 on Thursday 4 April; and at Gorse Covert Primary School between 11:00 and 15:00 on Saturday 6 April.

Andrew Long, chief executive of Extra MSA Group, said: “In addition to significantly improving road safety on the Motorway Network, this £50m-plus inward capital investment will also deliver new employment opportunities and a range of other important economic benefits for the locality.”

“We would like to invite members of the public to attend our consultation events and have their say on the proposals.”

The professional team includes Architecture 519, Spawforths, i-Transport, Wardell Armstrong, and Sanders Studios.

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Great! More traffic coming onto the 62


People who moan about traffic are literally the most boring and bland people I’ve ever met

By Anonymous

Great this means another 30 years of non progressing work

By George glynn

They are also probably people who insist on driving everywhere, but of course themselves never contribute to congestion

By Nordyne

HS. How will this create more traffic? Anyone using the services will already be travelling along the M62. Unless you feel it will be so pretty it could become a tourist destination?

By Commuter

Am curious why anyone would want to spend £50million (doesn’t sound right) on a café, some toilets and a car park when the nearest services are 15 miles away at Burtonwood – half of which were closed down through lack of use years ago. Lots of local services, food, fuel, shops etc are available 15minutes away from this junction at Birchwood. It would be much cheaper to stick “local services” sign up and use existing facilities, works in loads of other places. Also, the site to the north of the motorway is all former landfill, not great for building on to my mind. So what is it they are really up to? Unlocking land to build on? Charging people to park their cars? And the construction jobs wont be created, they already exist. People will come, work and go away again.

By D

The Encounter Sculpture at the gateway to Birchwood on Junction 11 is wired up for a colour display at night but Council can’t afford to have the lights on – reckon it would be great if this service area could contribute under s106 to switching those lights back on.

By FranH

I love how the artist’s impression makes it look like a nature reserve with a little bit of car parking thrown in. If anyone knows a service station like this, please could you let me know.where to find it.

By Moomo