New Survey Reveals the Highs, Lows and Illicit Loves of Britain's Motorway Service Stations

July 11, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
With this summer set to be a bumper one for UK tourism and millions of travellers hitting the roads, a new survey reveals that 1 in 6 would like to have an illicit romantic liaison at a motorway service station compared to 1 in 20 who already have.

The survey, by leading car hire comparison site, questioned over 2,300 people on their experiences at garages and service stations across the UK, and found that while there were a range of complaints about prices and cleanliness there was still an interest in them for a romantic tryst.

The top service stations for these romantic get togethers are located in the Midlands and North West, followed by London and South East according to respondents who have tried them - with the 36 45 age group the most likely to opt for these motorway illicit liaisons.

Gareth Robinson, managing director of, says: "This survey was designed to look at just what people think of motorway service stations, particularly the prices charged, and also the experiences they have had in them. The level of illicit romantic liaisons came as a complete surprise to us, but when you look at the most popular locations they all tend to be around the main travel routes through the country so service stations must make convenient, and secret, meeting places."

The high costs charged by service stations was one of the key issues found by the survey, with nearly 60% of respondents saying service stations should lower their prices, with medical items, sweets, souvenirs and CDs all highlighted as being over priced.

Another area of complaint was the toilet facilities, with 1 in 5 saying they thought they should be cleaner and men being more critical of toilet cleanliness than women, while the choice of food on offer was also highlighted as needing major improvement.

Gareth adds: "With many people being more cautious with money and opting against an overseas holiday, this summer is set to see more travellers hitting Britain's motorways than ever before, but the main complaint that came from the survey was the prices charged in service stations. In the current climate and with the school holidays just around the corner, just driving from a to b can be expensive for parents, so the best option is to stock up on snacks and magazines before you set off." compares car hire deals from up to 35 car rental companies, including Alamo, Holiday Autos, Sixt and Thrifty in over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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In 2007 the company re-launched its site to create the first major online price comparator in the travel industry. The site now searches up to 35 different car hire websites comparing the best prices in over 9,000 locations.

Websites searched include Alamo, Budget, EasyCar, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty.
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In 2008 was voted Best Car Hire Website in the Travolution Awards.