|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)|
|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).
Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Game On, Jackpot £500, Meeting Room, Showers, UK TruckClean Truck Wash[website]
Restaurants: Fresh Food Café, McDonald's, Costa, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith, Cotton Traders
Motel: Days Inn[book rooms]
Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Deli2go, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £22, or £24 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.
A Regus Express meeting room is due to open here soon replacing the current meeting room.
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)
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