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Hopwood Park

Hopwood Park
Welcome Break
Hopwood Park
Road:M42 at J2
(also accessible to traffic on the A441)
Address:Welcome Break Service Area
Junction 2 M42
Redditch Road
Alvechurch
Birmingham
Worcestershire
B48 7AU
Telephone number:01214 474000
Signposted from the road?As Starbucks/Waitrose
Opened:1999
Grid reference:SP037739
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
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One of the newer services, with its own picnic tables, play area, walking path and a a small field. The toilets are on the second storey (except disabled).

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Facilities

Main Amenities: Picnic Area, Welcome Break Gaming, Children's Play Area, Nature Reserve, Showers, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point
Restaurants: Starbucks, Burger King, Eat In, KFC, Papa John's Pizza, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith, Waitrose, Fone Bitz
Motel: none
Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Air1 AdBlue, Waitrose, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £11.

Prices can be paid in the shop and restaurant, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

Trivia

The model of the services which is on display inside it

Hopwood Park was opened on 23 August 1999 by TV chef James Martin, and it cost £25 million to build. Its design is very similar to that of Oxford, which was opened at roughly the same time, and South Mimms which was rebuilt at this time following a large fire.

When built, the seating area had 750 seats and the car park 500 car spaces, 36 HGV spaces and 14 coach spaces. It opened with a McCoys shop.

See Are We Nearly There Yet? for information regarding Hopwood Park's location and the problems with where it is.

There is a public footpath leading to Stonehouse Lane.

Later Facilities

Hopwood Park was the first service area to get live traffic information, as part of a joint trial between the Highways Agency and Welcome Break.

When the Waitrose store opened here, it replaced the Petroleum Menswear store. Hopwood was one of few services to have an individual outlet operating within it.

Survey Results

In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars.

In 2008 the services won a five star loo award.

In 2006 and again in 2007, the services and the adjacent petrol station both won a five-star loo award.

In 2006, Holiday Which? rated the services as 5/5. They said it had helpful staff and a good variety of food in a smart café, but it didn't win, Tebay on the M6 did. Hopwood's traffic reports also received thumbs up.

In 2005, Hopwood Park won Best Provision of Group Facilities, the first time a motorway service area has ever won such an award. The Coffee Primo unit was also been nominated for 'Best Beverage Experience'.

In 2005, the services won a five star loo award.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
none on M42
Frankley (M5 north, 10 miles)
Strensham (M5 south, 31 miles)
Services on the M42 Tamworth (27 miles)
Warwick (M40, 22 miles)
Corley (M6 east, 25 miles)
none on M42
Keele (M6 north, 54 miles)
Telford (M54, 42 miles)
Welcome Break services none on M42
Warwick (M40, 22 miles)
Corley (M6 east, 25 miles)

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