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Road:M74 northbound between J5 and J6

Address:Hamilton Motorway Services Area
Strathclyde Park
Telephone number:01698 282176
Signposted from the road?Yes
rebuilt 1987?
Grid reference:NS724567
Services type:Single site located between junctions on one side of the motorway.
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A small service area on the northbound M74 into Glasgow. Roadchef have an alternative for southbound traffic, Bothwell.


Catering: Costa, McDonald's, Costa Express, Typhoo Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Jackpot £500, Showers Motel: Days Innbook Forecourt: Shell, Spar, Starbucks on the Go, AdBlue Containers

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £22, or £24 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5275.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.


When they opened, Hamilton and Bothwell were treated administratively as if they were one service area. On this site their two names mean they are each counted separately.

In 1967 Highway Restaurants Ltd (consisting of Blue Star and Trust Houses) bid to run the pair of services together. The Department for Transport laid the roads out, but Trust Houses pulled out their support leaving Blue Star to run it on their own. In 1969, following changes to their own financial position, Blue Star pulled out as well.

After no operator could be found to take on the services, Roadchef were invited to design their own service station here, which they made as cheap and easy to build as possible, with a small, largely-glass self-service restaurant. It opened on 20 June 1975 and used an orange and cream colour scheme. By 1978, it was described as "the worst in Britain" for its poor design and heavy vandalism, and was soon replaced by a less flimsy-looking structure.

When the motel was opened in 1989 it was described as "a new era for travellers", aiming to provide a much higher quality than someone might expect from a motel.

In 1996, it was due to get a drive-thru Wimpy, but this never happened - perhaps the trial site at Harthill fell through?

In 2009, Roadchef considered selling these services to address their financial concerns.

Euro Garages operate the filling station; it was sold to them by Roadchef in early 2017.

Survey Results

Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In 2006, Holiday Which? gave the services a 3/5, they liked its tourist information.

In 1991, a Which? survey rated the services as "average".

In 1977, Egon Ronay rated the services as "poor", complaining about its cleanliness.


Bothwell (M74 southbound, 9 miles)
Stirling (M80, 25 miles)
Heart of Scotland (M8 east, 15 miles)
Services on the M74 Happendon (7 miles)
Bothwell (M74 southbound, 9 miles)Roadchef services Annandale Water (50 miles)

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