Exelby Services has secured a £4m finance package from HSBC to support development of its new filling station services and truck stop on the A1(M) at Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire.

Work has commenced on site and it is expected to be completed by September.

The £6.5m project will create a service area to meet the specialist refuelling and rest needs of HGVs and their drivers, including 150 secure parking facilities and will lead to 15 new jobs.

The development, which will include retail facilities, a branded food outlet and Costa Coffee, will provide diesel, petrol, AdBlue and gas oil. It will also be available to the general motoring public.

Exelby Services submitted plans in 2010 to move from its current site at nearby Londonderry as the A1 upgrade has meant trucks currently have to detour along the A1(M) service road to reach it. The new service area is adjacent to both the A1 and the Leeming Bar Industrial Estate.

Chief executive Michael Exelby said: "We have been working for over 10 years on this project. It has been a long journey but we are delighted and excited to have finally broken soil on the site.

"The new facility is vital for this stretch of the A1(M) because more than five service areas and over 200 HGV parking spaces have been lost due to the motorway upgrade."