This idea of Wetherspoon’s opening a pub on the M40 motorway is ridiculous. One swift, yet hefty, blow to the anti-drink-drive campaigns that have done so much good work over the years.
It’s been defended by some, saying that a coach load of people can stop for a meal and a drink.
Well, firstly, have you ever eaten in a Wetherspoon’s? You’d never eat there again if you had – or any motorway services. Secondly, if you’re on a coach you tend to bring a beer or two with you for the journey, if you’re that way inclined.
Can you imagine how much a pint will cost on the motorway? Nudging a fiver I bet.
Lorry drivers might want a pint over night, well, most of the ones I know drink Tesco Value beer or non-premium brands. They will stock up in the supermarkets prior to a journey.
I’m really struggling to see a positive into why you could open a pub. I can appreciate the niche thinking, but I cannot fathom why you would put that temptation into people’s minds for reasons other than greed and profit.