A MOTORWAY service company has announced it has reopened two coffee drive-through units on the M27 today amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Roadchef revealed they have opened their Rownhams Costa Drive Thru on both sides of the M27 between junctions 3 and 4.

In a bid to keep staff and customers safe from the deadly virus, the Costa Drive Thrus will only be taking card payments and plan to use an extendable shelf to pass orders to customers, avoiding any contact.

CEO of Roadchef, Mark Fox, said: “As restrictions begin to lift, we have chosen Rownhams as one of our trial sites for Costa Drive Thru to ensure the smooth and safe transition of our service areas as customers start to return.”

A spokesperson from Roadchef added: "All Roadchef locations are working around the clock to provide a safe, relaxing and convenient place to stop.

"All toilets and retail stores remain open, both of which have stringent cleaning regimes in place throughout the day, as well as an increasing number of restaurants and Costa Coffee outlets."

The Costa Drive Thru locations were chosen as part of a trial for the motorway service area operator, with another four in different locations across the country opening to the public.

Roadchef has also remained open for HGV drivers and key workers throughout lockdown, providing essential services such as showers, toilet facilities and retail units offering food and drink.