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Chester services

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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).


Restaurants: Chozen Noodle, Costa, Fresh Food Café, McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: Cotton Traders, 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, despite plans for a full service area being put through in 1992. It was later upgraded to a full MSA.

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.

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


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 plan to move the entrance and foyer, create a new extended seating area both inside and outside, introduce a new Spar store, refurbish the Costa unit and refurbish the toilets and showers.

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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