"Worst" service station renovated

A Lancashire service station, which was once voted the UK's worst with its crumbling age-old buildings with leaking ceilings, dirty toilets and poor facilities, has received a £12.3-million makeover.

New owner Euro Garages has demolished the original structure of Bolton West Services on the M61 to build the state-of-the art site renamed Rivington Services.

The site was immortalised when comedian Peter Kay used it as the setting for an episode of his TV programme That Peter Kay Thing, which parodied service stations in the country.

The new sites feature convenience stores, glazed foodcourt areas, high-street shops such as Starbucks, Subway and Burger King, parking facility for more than 150 vehicles, a large petrol forecourt and a landscaped seating area.

Euro Garages chief executive Zuber Issa said: "We acquired the site in 2009 as we recognised we had the opportunity to transform it into one of the UK's leading motorway services facilities. That potential has now been realised.

"Over 70,000 vehicles use the M61 everyday and, as the only amenity on the motorway, we know that Rivington Services will provide a welcome stop for passing motorists, whether they are commuters, holidaymakers or truck and coach drivers."

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