The competition among private developers of service stations was becoming intense, as they wanted to get their planning applications considered before any rivals.
The Tuam Plaza is perhaps the best example of this. Whereas in the past Ireland has had to survive for years with a full motorway network but no services, in this case work on the M17 had only just started when Supermac's got their planning application in.
It was withdrawn after a road safety audit concluded it would be likely to affect the capacity and safety of the new road, in addition to complaints from local businesses and residents.
Had it been built, it would have been likely to look very similar to the Galway Plaza.