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Cherwell Valley Services on M40 reopens after fire

Scene of fire (photo taken by Jane Gough)
Image caption The Cherwell Valley Services fire in 2010 was tackled by 120 firefighters

A service station that was destroyed by fire on the M40 in Oxfordshire is reopening in a new building.

About 120 firefighters tackled the blaze at Cherwell Valley Services, north of Bicester in April 2010.

A £10m service area opens on Thursday, replacing the temporary facilities that were on the site since the fire.

Tim Moss, CEO of Moto which runs the service station, thanked customers for making the temporary building "one of the busiest sites on the motorway."

"And to our loyal staff, who have worked very hard, sometimes in trying circumstances, to maintain the standards our customers expect," he added.

The new building has been more than a year in construction and will include supermarket, newsagent and takeaway outlets.

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