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Cobham
Extra
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Road:M25 between J9 and J10

MAP AND DIRECTIONS
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.

Facilities

Catering: Auntie Anne's, Carvery Express, Chozen Noodle, El Mexicana, Greggs, Harry Ramsden's, KFC, McDonald's, Mint Leaves, Papa John's Pizza, Starbucks, Tossed, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks on the Go Shops: M&S Simply Food, Top Gift, WHSmith Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Picnic Area, Quicksilver, Regus Express, Revolution Self Service Launderette, Showers Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Costa Express, Deli2go, Air1 AdBlue, Coach Toilet Drop

Parking Prices

First three 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

Inside the main food court

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

At night, the coach park officially doubles-up as an overflow lorry park (this tends to happen at most services against their will, but Cobham is currently the only one to embrace this).

On the evening of Sunday 21 February 2016, the services were forced to close following an anticipated small car meet going viral on social media. Over 3000 people descended on the services causing major tailbacks on the M25 and forcing the car park to near maximum capacity - details

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, the services were going to include an LP4 restaurant and an Etap Hotel but these were 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.

The former Eat In outlet was the last Eat In outlet to close on the motorway network in June 2015. It was replaced by Harry Ramsden's, Papa John's Pizza and Tossed outlets which all opened on 7 July 2015. The Costa Express machine and Krispy Kreme counter are also run by Welcome Break and are found in this area.

Design

The services consist of one very large amenity building and an equally large petrol station. The amenity building (signposted as a food court) is similar to most Extra services in that it has the main units spread out around a central atrium, with toilets at the back. The hotel is then built-in at the side. A number of temporary-style units are placed in the middle, amongst the seating.

Survey Results

In 2013 and 2014 the services won a platinum loo award.

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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