Motorway Service Stations – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly


What are your thoughts on motorway service stations, are they refreshing   pit-stops? Or just, well, the pits?

Motorway Service Stations

Whether you’re hauling a 40-foot trailer or travelling on your holidays, most of us have stopped at a motorway service station before, and some stops are more pleasurable than others.

Transport Focus surveyed 9,600 customers at 111 motorway service stations on overall satisfaction, facilities and value for money.

Coming out on top is Norton Canes Services on the M6, receiving a 100% satisfaction rating.

Bottom of the list is Thurrock Services located on the M25, receiving a 68% satisfaction rating.

The Top-Rated Services

  1. Norton Canes – M6 Toll in Staffordshire
  2. Stafford Southbound – M6 in Staffordshire
  3. Wetherby – A1(M) in Yorkshire
  4. Hilton Park Southbound – M6 in Staffordshire
  5. Corley Southbound – M6 in Warwickshire

The Worst Rated Services

  1. Bridgwater – M5 in Somerset
  2. Newport Pagnell South – M1 in Buckinghamshire
  3. Southwaite Northbound – M6 in Cumbria
  4. Toddington Southbound – M1 in Bedfordshire
  5. Thurrock – M25 in Essex

The worst service station (Thurrock) has been described as “Gloriously ugly” receiving many users complaining that there were not enough parking spaces for lorries, with reviewers warning that the car park is a “free for all” and “an accident waiting to happen”.

So, do you agree with the list?


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