Supporting public safety and welfare of Motorway Users

MSAs are an essential part of the National Motorway Network infrastructure and exist to support the safety and welfare of users of the Network.

Public safety is a primary responsibility of government at all levels.

Government Policy relating to MSAs is set out in Circular 02/2013.

For safety and welfare reasons the maximum distance that drivers should have to travel between MSAs is 28 miles or 30 minutes driving time. Government advice is that drivers should stop and take a break of at least 15 mins every two hours.

The Highway Code notes that “Driving when you are tired greatly increases your risk of collision”.

Driver fatigue accounts for 20 % of accidents on Motorways and monotonous roads (RoSPA). Fatigue related accidents are to a large extent avoidable, so long as appropriate facilities exist for drivers to take a break. However human behaviour is such that drivers will rarely divert off the

Motorway to take a rest and so a network of appropriately spaced MSAs is seen as a key part of the Motorway Infrastructure.

Accidents on the Motorway Network and elsewhere have both social and economic costs.

Further Information

The Public Safety Role of MSAs

A significant public safety risk exists on the Western M25

Future Emissions Reduction Measures

Supporting the roll out of zero emissions vehicles - addressing the challenges of recharging anxiety' on the Motorway network

Extra's Approach

Considering any new site holistically, taking account of all aspects of development

A Significant Public Safety Need

A matter of urgency if fatigue related accidents are to be reduced

M25, Junction 16-17

Finding a suitable location.
Extra has undertaken an extensive search of potential

Working with the Local Community

Significant social and environmental benefits for the local area

Where is the Safety Risk on the M25?

A new MSA located between Junctions 16 and 17 would fill the largest number of safety gaps

M25 West (Warren Farm) 

Motorway Service Area

Spatial sketch of Extra's land interest and the potential footprint of an MSA

Economic Benefits

£1.5 million in annual rates; 340 permanent jobs