|Road:||M62 between J25 and J26|
|Address:||Hartshead Moor M62 Service Area|
|Telephone number:||01274 876584|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Previous operators:||Ross, Trusthouse Forte|
|Services type:||Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.|
|Visit Hartshead Moor/Welcome Break's official website|
Hartshead Moor sits deep in the Pennines on the M62. In a recent survey Hartshead was said to have the best baby changing facilities in the UK.
Main Amenities: Meeting Room, Welcome Break Gaming, Showers, UK TruckClean Truck Wash[website]
Restaurants: Starbucks, Burger King (eastbound only), Subway(eastbound only), KFC (westbound only), Eat In (westbound only), Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith, Waitrose (westbound only)
Motel: Days Inn[book rooms] (eastbound only)
Forecourt: Shell, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks Drive Thru (eastbound only)
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £11 and coaches, caravans and HGVs must pay £18.50, or £21 to include a food voucher.
Prices can be paid in the shop and restaurant, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.
In November 2013, this website accidentally mentioned a serious and interesting subject, and consequently the subheadings which have traditionally been used to break up every page on the site caused regional outrage.
A Waitrose store opened here on 4 April 2014 on the westbound side. In the 1990s, it offered a mobile tourist information centre and a greenhouse.
The services were originally planned to be on one side only, but were built with two. A major gas line which bisected the site looked likely to stop it being built for a while. The parking layout is designed to minimise the number of inclines for large vehicles.
Plans to host a Lorry Driver Of The Year competition here were quickly laughed out.
The original plans for a Travelodge here were refused as the design was unsympathetic to the local environment.
Unusually for us, there is a serious and interesting point to be made: in 1974 an IRA attack on a coach carrying off-duty members of the armed forces and their family on the M62 happened just east of Hartshead services, which went on to form a temporary depot for the emergency services and it was where the wounded were immediately taken to. A plaque was built outside the services, but as they were extended it ended up in the main foyer. After complaints from the victim's families that this wasn't a suitable location, Welcome Break bosses have met up with them and agreed to build a memorial garden outside the eastbound service area. It was opened with a ceremony on the 4th February 2009.
On 1 September 2013, a Army Medical Services memorial was unveiled at the services, with a dedication service.
More information on the attack can be found on the BBC.
In May 2012, Visit England rated the westbound services as 2 stars and the eastbound side as 3 stars. In August 2011, both sides were given 3 stars.
In 2008 the services won a five star loo award.
In 2007, Hartshead Moor won a five star loo award. The inspectors said that it had the best baby changing facilities in the UK, adding that it was "spotlessly clean".
In 2006, the services won a four star loo award and the westbound services were chosen for having the best baby change facilities in the UK.
|Birch (22 miles)||Services on the M62||
Ferrybridge (23 miles)|
Wetherby (A1 north, 32 miles)
Woolley Edge (M1 south, 22 miles)
|Burtonwood (43 miles)||Welcome Break services||
none on M62|
Woodall (M1 south, 49 miles)
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