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Motorways (Telephones)

Volume 79: debated on Friday 17 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many coin-operated public telephones the lessee operating each motorway service area on the M1 motorway between london and Leeds is required to provide on each side of the motorway under the terms of section 3.27(v) of their lease.

The operators of the motorway service areas on the M1 between London and Leeds area required under their leases to provide the minumum number of public con-operated telephones as follows:

Motorway service areaMinumum number of telephones
Scratchwood (single sided site)12
Toddington4 on each side
Newport Pagnall5 on northbound side
6 on southbound side
Rothersthorpe4 on each side
Watford Gap5 on each side
Leicester Forest East7 on each side
Trowell3 on each side
Woodall4 on each side
Woolley Edge3 on each side
The operators are free under the terms of their lease to provide additonal public telephones if they so wish.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport what steps he takes to satisfy himself that the terms of section 3.27(v) of the standard motorway service lease, relating to the minimum number of coin-operated public telephones to be provided on each side of the motorway, are complied with at each service area.

My officials inspect each service area annually and check that the minimum number of public telephones required under the lease is provided. The inspectors ensure that telephones are working properly at the time.