JD Wetherspoon, the masters of cut-price brews and meal deals, has been given the go ahead to open a boozer a the services on the M40, making it the first motorway pub.

The roadside watering hole is planned to be opened by Christmas at Extra in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, following local council’s approval.

It will service travellers and be allowed to serve alcohol between 8am and 1am.

Wetherspoon met with Thames Valley Police and South Bucks District Council before making the application for the £2m development that is said to bring 50 jobs to the area.

Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said he hoped it would be the “first of many Wetherspoon’s on the motorway.”

Road safety charity Brake has aired concerns about a pub on the motorway.

“The opening of a pub on the motorway could be of real concern unless safeguards are put in place with strong messages to warn about the dangers of drink-driving,” a spokesman said. .

“As it is putting temptation there in front of drivers, it is doubly important the messages are extra clear. Our advice to drivers is if you are driving, don’t drink any amount of alcohol.”

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