|Road:||M11 between exits 21 and 22|
|Signposted from the road?||It will be|
|Grid reference:||T 21097 67809|
|Services type:||Single site located between junctions with access to both sides.|
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As part of a new enthusiasm for building new motorway services which the Irish government discovered in 2007, as well as the project to upgrade the N11 to motorway, a service area was planned at Gorey. The plan initially received objections from local businesses but these were overruled in favour of a traffic assessment which concluded that the M11 needed one service area.
The service area was built in 2015, already a year behind schedule, and Topaz won a contract to operate it. Their offer scored 7% better than SuperStop's. SuperStop argued that this fell down to a difference in how the footpaths should be surfaced which hadn't been accounted for, and their objection prevented the new building from opening.
Applegreen, who are part of SuperStop, claim there isn't enough traffic to warrant opening Gorey, which will take trade from a site they privately developed at Wicklow. Applegreen planned and opened Wicklow in the time it took to resolve disputes about Gorey.
In May 2017, it was announced the services would be opening later that year. However, in November 2017, Topaz revealed that they still hadn't entered any formal agreements to open the premises, hinting that the contract is no longer as attractive as they thought it would be. It is now expected to open in April 2018.
The mothballed amenity building has three entrances, serving the forecourt, car park and picnic area. It will likely be branded Re.Store. The site is ready to open but fenced off, with a 24-hour security patrol, costing over €400,000 in addition to the €10 million investment.
The site has been called Gorey North by some sources, but the road signs just say 'Gorey'.
|Wicklow (37 km)||Services on the M11 (Ireland)||no services|
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