New Motorway Service Area will bring jobs boost

Around 200 full-time jobs will be created if a planned new motorway service area near Watford gets the green-light.

Moto Hospitality Ltd, Britain’s biggest service area operator, is hoping to build the new site – which will be known as Kings Langley Service Area if approved − at Junction 20 of the M25 and has launched a public consultation on the project, which represents an £80 million investment in the local economy.

Local residents will get a chance to have their say on the proposals later this month when the project team holds a public consultation. It will take place on Wednesday, 25 October between 9.00am and 6.00pm on the Upper Mall at the Intu Watford Shopping Centre, WD17 2UB.

As well as the prospect of the permanent jobs, it is hoped many more will be created in the local supply chain and during the construction phase.

The development will feature parking for all types of vehicles, including 94 dedicated HGV spaces, which Moto believes will go a long way towards solving the problem of heavy goods vehicles parking by the roadside close to the motorway junction.

Mark Franks, Moto’s Property Director, said: “This proposed service area will provide an important rest stop for what is one of the country’s busiest − and frequently congested− motorways. In addition to providing that much needed facility, our plans will bring many new jobs as well as helping to secure investment in the local economy. We are delighted to consult with the people of the surrounding area and look forward to hearing their thoughts on the plans.”

Members of the public can also leave feedback and find answers to their questions at the project’s website:, which will be updated throughout the consultation process.