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Cobham

Cobham
Extra
Cobham
Road:M25 between J9 and J10
Address:Cobham Motorway Service Area M25
Cobham
Surrey
KT11 3DB
Telephone number:01494 678876
Signposted from the road?Yes
Opened:2012
Grid reference:TQ110576
Services type:Single site located between junctions with access to both sides.
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This is the Extra service area on the M25. For the service station on the A2, see Services on the A2.

The M25's much-needed fourth service area finally opened in September 2012, bringing brand-spanking new and absolutely huge facilities to the south-western corner of the London Orbital.

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Facilities

Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Picnic Area, Quicksilver, Regus Express, Revolution Self Service Launderette, Showers
Restaurants: KFC, McDonald's, Starbucks, Eat In, Greggs, Papa John's Pizza, El Mexicana, Chozen Noodle, Dessert Station, Sorriso Cafe, Carvery Express, Starbucks on the Go, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith, M&S Simply Food, TopGift
Motel: Days Inn[book rooms]
Fourecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Deli2go, Costa Express, Coach Toilet Drop

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which you must pay £25 per 24 hour period. Parking tickets can be bought from machines in the car park.

Trivia and History

A Coach Toilet Drop facility was added to the Shell garage, free for coaches with 25 or more passengers.

The new Carvery Express outlet is situated just inside the door at this site.

Planning and Opening

During the same week, Beaconsfield services on the M40 were granted planning permission. Cobham was built on the New Barn Farm site.

Upon granting the permission, John Prescott said there was a "a clear and compelling need". Despite this, it was very controversial, especially as the site was built on green belt land. The services themselves are built to the south of the motorway, with an underpass allowing eastbound traffic to access them.

When the plans for the services first went public, they were going to have an LP4 restaurant and an Etap Hotel, but these have now been replaced by Welcome Break's Eat In and Days Inn respectively. The Starbucks outlet is also run by Welcome Break and is the largest in Europe(!). Meanwhile, the Greggs outlet and the M&S Simply Food store are run by Moto. This was the first time one operator's own creation has been introduced to a rival service station.

An 'Opening Ceremony' was held on Saturday 6th October 2012 to mark the opening of Cobham - details.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
Clacket Lane (22 miles)
Pease Pottage (M23 south, 39 miles)
Services on the M25 South Mimms (42 miles)
Toddington (M1 north, 51 miles)
Beaconsfield (M40 north, 26 miles)
Heston (M4 east, 21 miles)
Reading (M4 west, 42 miles)
Fleet (M3 south, 23 miles)
Ripley (A3 south, 5 miles)
none on M25
Beaconsfield (M40 north, 26 miles)
Extra services none

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