|Road:||M4 at J23a|
(also accessible to traffic on the B4245)
|Address:||Magor Motorway Service Area|
M4 Junction 23A
|Telephone number:||01633 881887|
|Signposted from the road?||As McDonald's/Costa|
|Previous operators:||Granada, First|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Magor/Roadchef's official website|
Now owned by Roadchef, Magor recently underwent refurbishment to bring it in line with the rest of their services.
General: Jackpot £500, WiFi
Restaurants: Restbite, McDonald's, Costa (Amenity Building & Filling Station)
Shops: WHSmith (with Costa Express Krispy Kreme), Cotton Traders
Fuel: Esso (with: On The Run Air1 AdBlue Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point)
Motel: Days Inn[book rooms]
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £10 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £16, or £18 to include a £7.50 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 7002.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Magor was built along with the Second Severn Crossing, as the new route would by-pass Severn View services. In October 2008 First were acquired by Moto, meaning that this should have become a Moto service area (it was built by their predecessors, Granada), however the deal fell through).
Instead First went very quiet, and in August 2011, Roadchef broke their chain of bad news by acquiring the services. They were planning to replace the unbranded restaurant with Hot Food Company but instead became RestBite and The Burger Company as part of a £1m investment. In early 2012, The Burger Company was replaced again with a McDonalds and the unbranded shop became a WHSmith. McDonalds and RestBite opened in March 2012.
There are plans to turn the services into a gateway to Wales by expanding the tourist information services.
The original layout - possibly to change under Roadchef's watch - has an unusual set-up with the restaurant servery being in the centre of the service area.
Esso operate the filling station here.
In April 2007, the members of Vans United voted Magor as the worst service station in Britain.
The services were inspected by the AA on the 24th and 25th of March 2007. These are their results:
|Road safety and parking:||Very Good|
|Outdoor facilities:||Very Poor|
|Access and indoor facilities:||Poor|
The services were said to be well signed with sufficient parking spaces, but there was a lack of disabled access, high prices and poor hygiene.
In 2006 Magor came near the bottom of Holiday Which?'s survey, having provided them with a "truly miserable experience". The food was condemned too.
In 2000 critic Egon Ronay praised the catering at these services, having criticised just about every other service area.
|Leigh Delamere (31 miles)|
Michaelwood (M5 north, 20 miles)
Gordano (M5 south, 15 miles)
Severn View (M48, 10 miles)
|Services on the M4||Cardiff Gate (16 miles)|
|Strensham (M5 north, 56 miles)|
Sedgemoor (South) (M5 southbound, 35 miles)
|Roadchef services||Pont Abraham (68 miles)|