|Road:||M40 at J2|
(also accessible to traffic on the A355)
|Telephone number:||01494 678876|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Beaconsfield/Extra's official website|
A brand new service area at the bottom of the M40, filling a large gap between existing services. For a while it was the highest-rated motorway service area on this site, with an impressive four-and-a-half stars after a record-breaking number of votes (see below-right for the latest figures).
General: Car Wash, Children's Play Area, Picnic Area, Quicksilver, Regus Business Lounge, Showers, WiFi
Restaurants: McDonald's, KFC, Starbucks, LP4, El Mexicana, Greggs, Carvery Express, MooDog Treateries, Chozen Noodle
Shops: WHSmith (with Costa Express), M&S Simply Food
Fuel: Shell (with Costa Express, Autogas LPG & Deli2Go)
Motel: Ibis Budget[book rooms]
First two hours free for all vehicles. Further information is not available, pleaseif you know.
Beaconsfield was granted planning permission in 2005 to much controversy amongst local residents and the local media. It replaces a long-cancelled plan for a service area at Abbey Barns. The services were announced as the UK's biggest, with the UK's biggest petrol station, although it's thought Cobham now has a larger one.
One of the biggest fears is that traffic exiting the services will need to cross the busy A355, and the last thing M40 drivers want is a spitting image of Cherwell Valley. The services were built on a large stretch of woodland and were originally forecast to open in September 2008, but instead opened at 6am on March 17th 2009. An official opening event was held on the 28th May 2009.
There are 675 car parking spaces, 60 HGVs, 12 caravan places and 15 for coaches. There were rumours that the services could feature a park-and-ride site to please local residents, but this turned out to be false.
Beaconsfield services is one of few sites to have a dedicated police community support officer on site for crime prevention. Swayfield (who own Extra) contribute half of the cost of the officer, backed up by security guards in the evenings.
A Moodog and Weatherspoons pub are due to open soon here - the opening of a motorway pub is a first and no doubt going to be controversial.
Click on the plan to enlarge to the maximum resolution.
In May 2012 and August 2011 the services were given 4 stars by Visit England, and it came top in the internal comforts, picnic and dog walking categories.
|none on M40|
Heston (M4 east, 14 miles)
Pease Pottage (M23 south, 54 miles)
Clacket Lane (M25 south, 48 miles)
South Mimms (M25 east, 25 miles)
|Services on the M40||Oxford (24 miles)|
|none on M40|
Cobham (M25 south, 26 Miles)
|Extra services||none nearby|