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Road:M56 at J14
(also accessible to traffic on the A5117)

Address:Road Chef Motorways Ltd
Chester Service Area
M56 Junction 14
Telephone number:01928 728500
Signposted from the road?As McDonald's/Costa
Opened:1973 (rest area)
1998 (MSA)
Grid reference:SJ465749
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
Visit Chester/Roadchef's official website

The only motorway services at this end of the road network, aimed at drivers heading towards North Wales and the Wirral (and, presumably, Chester).


Catering: Chozen Noodle, Costa, Fresh Food Café, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: Cotton Traders, Spar, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Game On, Jackpot £500, Regus Express, Showers, UK TruckClean Truck Wash Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Costa Express, Deli2go, Yorkshire Tea, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £24, or £26 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5267.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Trivia & History

Chester originally opened as a 'rest' or 'picnic' area, but really this only consisted of a gravel car park. The original plans had it open at the same time as services near M53 J5 (Eastham Rake) and M56 J8 (Agden), all of which were expected to require small but busy facilities. These plans were cancelled due to a lack of interest. Rank and Fortes were encouraged to bid for the services despite them already owning sites on the M6.

Plans for a full service area were put through again in 1992. In 1998 it was upgraded to a full MSA, at which point its name was changed from the original working title Hapsford to the more promotable Chester.

For some reason, it appears to have a closed-off caravan parking area, with caravans being sent in to a corner of the car park instead, leaving a large section of the grounds as being rarely accessed.


RoadChef's second Fresh Food Café opened here on 13 March 2013, replacing the relatively new Hot Food Co. Hot Food Co. had been introduced as part of a standard refit of units, but the introduction of Fresh Food Café was a chance to take down the long part-partition which had become associated with Roadchefs of this era, brightening it up at the same time by breaking away from the traditional, organised corridor layout.

During 2016, Roadchef are redeveloping the amenity building here. As part of this, they have opened a Chozen Noodle outlet and altered and extended the McDonalds outlet. They also moved the entrance and foyer, created a new extended seating area both inside and outside, introduced a new Spar store, refurbished the Costa unit and refurbished the toilets and showers.

A Pasty Presto outlet was here for a short while and was the most northerly in the UK.

Survey Results

In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 2 stars.


Lymm (14 miles)Services on the M56 none on M56
Northop Hall (14 miles)
none on M56
Sandbach (M6 south, 35 miles)
Roadchef services none

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