|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||M5 between J11a and J12|
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
|Telephone number:||01539 624511|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes (as Farm Shop and Kitchen)|
|Services type:||Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.|
|Visit Gloucester/Westmorland's official website|
The newest service area on the M5 and in England, operated by Westmorland, owners of the popular Tebay services. They are working with a local charity, the Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, to run the site and ensure it is both environmentally friendly and supportive of the local area.
Catering: Cafe, Quick Kitchen
Shops: Butcher's Counter, Cheese Counter, Farm Shop
southbound only: Fishmonger Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Dog Walking Area, Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Free Cash Machine, Picnic Area Forecourt:
northbound only: Texaco, Shop, Coffee Bar, Food to Go
southbound only: Esso, Shop, Coffee Bar, Food to Go
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12, caravans must pay £20 and HGVs must pay £23 to include a £5 food voucher.
The fees are enforced by Westmorland Limited.
Trivia & History
During planning, the services were referred to as 'Gloucestershire Gateway', while the Highways Agency preferred 'Brookthorpe'. Regulations require a precise name to be used publicly, so upon opening it became 'Goucester services'.
Planning and Opening
The plans were formally approved on Tuesday 10 August 2011, to much local outcry. It was very unpopular with local residents as this is an area of outstanding natural beauty and may have archaeological deposits beneath the proposed site. Despite this, the residents trust for one of the nearby communities in Matson had said that they support the services and think it would benefit the area.
There was a judicial review of the plans in January 2012, led by neighbouring operators Welcome Break and Roadchef, who argued the environmental impacts had been underestimated. This appeal was thrown out; Mr Justice Bean backed Stroud District Council's planning approval after a two-day hearing in Birmingham.
The Highways Agency had previously said that they think the services don't have enough parking spaces, and that the services's aim to specialise in local produce could make it "a destination in its own right", which was against regulations at the time. They later said that they have no problems with the revised plans, but they had given conflicting statements as to whether they agree that there is a need for a new service area or not.
It was set to cost around £30million and create 300 jobs, and sought to be one of the most pleasant service stations around. Like Tebay, Westmorland said they will use local produce.
On 15 June 2012, it was announced that the plans for the proposed Gloucester Services project had been delayed for 18 months.
Construction began on the northbound site on 3rd March 2013, with the southbound site's construction starting in June 2014, after the northbound site opened.
The northbound site opened on 7 May 2014, with the southbound site opening just over a year later, on the 19th May 2015. It was advertised as "a rare breed of motorway service - dedicated to local food, farming and local community".
A previous service area was proposed here by Roadchef in 1994 but it was overthrown.
In July 2016, the Forecourt Trader Shop Doctor visited the northbound site and gave it 4 stars, mentioning that the fuel was cheap but also that the filling station shop needed more attention.
In 2015, Visit England gave the services 5 stars, calling it "fabulous".
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