|Date opened:||17 March 2009|
Beaconsfield services is a motorway service station on the M40 motorway directly in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, England. It is operated by Extra, and opened on 17 March 2009. It is the fourth and most recent of the service areas to be built on the 89-mile motorway which links Birmingham to London. At its opening, it was the largest motorway service area in the United Kingdom. The petrol station, with 36 pumps is also the largest filling station in the country. Petrol stations are provided by Shell and a hotel is operated by Etap. It exists near the site of a proposed service area which was first planned during the 1970s when the original M40 (then only running to Oxford from London) was first opened.
Local residents fear that the new service station could bring traffic problems to the area, due to the design of the service station, which is located directly off a junction, rather than the traditional method of locating services between junctions. Traffic leaving the service area to return to the motorway must cross the A355.
Beaconsfield services is one of few sites to have a dedicated police community support officer on site for crime prevention. Swayfield (who own Extra) contribute half of the cost of the officer, backed up by security guards in the evenings.
The following facilities are available at Beaconsfield services:
- Marks and Spencer Simply Food
- J D Wetherspoon
- Carvery Express
- El Mexicana
- Chozen Noodle
- Patisserie Valerie
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