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Doxey

Doxey:

Road: M6 between J14 and J15
Location: Doxey, Stafford, Staffordshire
Grid reference: SJ896238

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M6 Doxey from overbridge.jpg

Doxey services would have been on the M6 between J14 and J15, set out between Hilton Park (itself a later addition) and Keele. The northbound side has a clear parking area and space for a potential amenities building, whereas it is now used as a HGV checkpoint and police stop-off point. The southbound side isn't quite so grand and it is used as Project offices for various Highway upgrade schemes.

The sliproads are really sharp, especially the southbound ones. Both sites are signposted from the road as a works depot, and these days it doesn't look like it is much more than that. There has been a lot of talk about the works depot being used for all sorts, including a nuclear bunker. Unfortunately, this is nonsensical.

The site is about 10 acres in size, of which the maintenance depot originally took up two acres, leaving a measly eight acres to be used as a service area. While this was tiny, at the same time not using it was described as a "waste of good land". They did not want to build too much as it would have made the eventual services expensive to build. As a result, the police were initially not allowed to set up a depot here.

The rear access on to Aston Bank was originally a temporary measure, as it would have interfered with the service area plans.

Modern Alternatives

At the end of the 1990s, large, new services opened on either side of the road at Stafford, a few miles north of here, removing the need for Doxey all together.