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Highways Agency (Roadside Facilities)

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

I have today published a new policy for roadside facilities on England’s strategic road network, “Policy on service areas and other roadside facilities on motorways and all-purpose trunk roads in England.”

The policy has been developed in the light of responses to a recent public consultation and is aimed at improving service to road users. The policy covers issues including:

the location of motorway service areas (MSAs)—determining the need for such sites and the spacing interval between them;

facilities at MSAs—the type of facilities, how they are signed and their standards;

service areas on trunk roads;

lorry parking and;

the provision and use of lay-bys.

Copies of the policy and impact assessment have been placed in the Libraries of the House.