Completed upgrades an early Christmas present for truckies, says Ampol

Although truckies still can’t get a hot shower at the southbound servo at Wyong, NSW, at the nearby M1 northbound site, Ampol says Christmas has come early following the completion of upgrades.

The “refreshed” M1 northbound site sees commuters enjoy improved traffic flow and greater convenience, with Ampol Foodary, Oliver’s, Oporto and Hungry Jack’s now housed under the one roof, said a media release announcement today.

The completion of the M1 northbound site follows October’s grand opening of the twin service centres at Pheasants Nest, NSW.

“We are pleased to unveil the upgraded M1 northbound in time for those travelling over the holiday period,” executive general manager, retail Australia, Kate Thomson said.

“Our M1 sites are strategically located for commuter and long-distance traffic and are expected to see large volumes of traffic over the summer months.

“These upgrades to our northbound site will ensure we keep powering better journeys for our customers by offering them convenient, on-the-go fuel and snacks so they are re-energised for their summer road trips.”

The revamped M1 northbound site is also the latest enhancement to Ampol’s national truck network of 380 sites across Australia and includes renovated dining room, toilet and long-haul driver amenities in addition to a reconstructed carpark, dual lane drive-thru and additional exit route to improve traffic on-site.

The M1 southbound site is due to be completed in the first half of 2024, with further highway development announcements to come over the coming months.

Earlier this week, an interstate truckie alerted us to the fact that truckies hoping for a hot shower there were out of luck.

Ampol told us that while the truckies’ lounge and facilities are closed for renovations, a temporary toilet and shower facilities for truck drivers had been provided.

Ampol says the copper connectors were recently stolen. Photo: Supplied

But the copper connectors to the gas bottles were recently stolen resulting in the temporary loss of hot water.

“We are in the process of sourcing new connectors, and we apologise for any inconvenience in the meantime,” a spokesperson said.

When finished, the site will offer new food options as well as an upgrade to the facilities similar to the recently re-opened M1 northbound servo. The full works are due for completion in the first half of 2024.

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