Leading Irish fuel retailer Topaz and McDonald’s have announced details of a joint investment of 6m in a new state-of-the-art service station on the Dublin/Cork motorway.


The site, which will be located at Junction 8 on the M8, will open for business at the end of May.


The new station area is being built on a 1.75 acre site, and the Topaz shop will be 250sq m. Upstairs will have seating for 42 people, and there will be parking for up to 40 cars.


Topaz has a network of more than 300 sites in Ireland and has plans to build up to 15 service stations close to the motorway network.


Eddie O’Brien, chief executive of Topaz, said the company’s aim was to provide customers with the best services and facilities available.


"We now have an excellent motorway network but there is a shortage of service sites and we want to address that," said O’Brien.


"Currently there is no site servicing the M8 and we see this service site as being a vital rest and refuelling stop for motorists travelling between Dublin and Cork."


McDonald’s has agreed a 25-year deal with Topaz to provide food services on the site. The partnership with Topaz represents McDonald’s first location on the new motorway network.