Starbucks coffee

The temporary building will be housed with a Starbucks, Little Waitrose, Burger King, and Harry Ramsdens

Welcome Break is opening a temporary building at one of its motorway service stations that was badly damaged in a fire.

The rear of the Fleet Services building was destroyed when a blaze erupted in a restaurant at the southbound site on the M3 in December.

An investigation found the fire started in a coffee machine.

Its forecourt and toilets subsequently reopened a month later, with food available from the Fleet North site.

Operator Welcome Break said a temporary building, housed with a Starbucks, Little Waitrose, Burger King, and Harry Ramsdens, will open on Thursday March 23 before work on a new structure, set to open in 2018, starts.

A petrol station, Starbucks drive-through, Chopstix, Days Inn hotel and toilet facilities will also form part of the temporary building.

“We are pleased that the temporary building is to reopen offering an excellent range of facilities to our customers,” said Welcome Break chief executive officer Rod McKie.