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Chieveley

Chieveley
Moto
Chieveley
Road:M4 at J13
Address:Moto Hospitality Ltd
Chieveley Motorway Services Area
Oxford Road
Hermitage
Thatcham
Berkshire
RG18 9XX
Telephone number:01635 248024
Signposted from the road?As Burger King/Costa/M&S (westbound)
poorly (eastbound)
Opened:1986
Previous operators:Granada
Previous names:Newbury
Grid reference:SU479724
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
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Situated off the complex M4/A34 interchange, Chieveley has grown to offer all the usual facilities.

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Facilities

Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Showers, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point
Restaurants: Eat & Drink Co., Burger King, Costa, West Cornwall Pasty Co., Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith, M&S Simply Food, Ladbrokes
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Forecourt: BP (with: LPG), Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs must pay £21, or £23.50 to include a £9 food voucher.

There are two car parks at Chieveley services:

  1. There is a long stay car park on the left as you come in, signposted Travelodge. This costs £15 for stays over two hours. The location code is 2433.
  2. The parking in front of the restaurants and shops (on the right as you come in) is free for stays up to two hours, £25 for stays of longer than 2 hours. The location code is 2482.

If you don't see the long stay parking on your way in then you have to leave the services and navigate the roundabout network to make your way back in. There is no way to drive to the long stay parking once you have reached the short stay car park.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Trivia

There is a Hilton Hotel opposite the services, but it's not part of the Moto site. To avoid confusion, both the Hilton Hotel and Moto's on-site Travelodge are signed as tourist attractions, and when they're in the same direction the legend "hotels" is used.

There is a farm accessed through the services.

Like most M4 services, Chieveley was discussed on Gavin and Stacey, where Smithy says of it "Chieveley's the best, it's insane".

In 2010 the AA pointed out that the fuel at Chieveley cost 7p more than a local garage 1 mile away. Moto blamed BP for the prices, while BP blamed Moto.

There are 229 car parking spaces, 86 HGV spaces and 9 coach spaces.

Recent Additions

Recent expansion works added a Costa, West Cornwall Pasty Co. and seating area to the front of the services as part of an extended lobby area. Moto services usually have a similar arrangement at the front of all of their services, so this could become standard.

Junction

For years this unofficial sign was the only one on the M4

The services originally sat on the A34 southbound with a link back to the Chieveley Roundabout, so there was a lot of confusion as to whether the services were originally aimed at M4 traffic or not. Certainly, not too long ago the services weren't signed from the M4 because it wasn't deemed necessary and there were fears that the junction wouldn't cope with the extra traffic, much like Markfield. Even today the services feature non-standard signs on the motorway and are often missed out on the more distant signage.

In 2004 much-needed improvement works came to the Chieveley Interchange, which involved directing the A34 away from the roundabout. The works gave Chieveley services a new entrance, and because the roundabout no longer had A34 traffic to deal with it was decided that there is enough capacity for the services to be signed from the M4. The old loop road isn't needed any more but it is still there for works traffic.

Survey Results

In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars.

In 2006 the services won a four star loo award and were graded 2/5 by Holiday Which?.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
Reading (12 miles)Services on the M4Membury (12 miles)
Tot Hill (9 miles)Services on the A34Chilton (southbound only, 8 miles)
Didcot (13 miles)
Reading (12 miles)Moto servicesLeigh Delamere (40 miles)
Cherwell Valley (M40 north, 44 miles)

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