Motorway Services Online

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Locations:29 UK MSA sites
Associated names:Burger King
Predecessors:Wimpy, Entrempts, The Burger Company, Restbite
Successors:Wimpy, Burger King
Opening hours:Open 24 hours unless stated
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Twitter: @McDonalds

McDonald's is possibly the world's most famous fast food brand, but until recently it was almost impossible to find on the motorway network. Now they are common both on and off the motorway, almost always open 24 hours, and taking the majority of the trade everywhere they are built.

They have removed their name from the road signs, instead signposting themselves as 'McDonald's Costa', creating a similar set up to what is now used at Blackburn and Cullompton.

Roadchef announced in September 2012 that over the next few years they hope to roll out McDonald's to all their sites, replacing The Burger Company. By summer 2016, all Roadchef sites except Bothwell included a McDonald's.

Throughout the 2010s, McDonald's have been refurbishing all their restaurants, including franchised ones. For services, this replaced their sometimes dinghy units with wide and open dining areas with touch-screen ordering.


In 1992, after the service station planning process was deregulated, McDonald's indicated they would be building their own services. They eventually did this at Blackburn, and were signed as the owner of Cullompton.

When the first McDonald's at a Welcome Break opened in 1995, they said that they were going to build one at all 26 of their sites. This process was stopped after just two because Welcome Break were bought by Granada who insisted that every one of their services had a Burger King.

Today, Welcome Break and Granada have split and whilst the two McDonald's still remain, no more have been built at Welcome Breaks and instead KFC was rolled out.

Next, Roadchef trialled McDonald's, but decided to change them to Wimpy in 2001.

These units were all operated directly by McDonald's, because McDonald's were apparently very difficult to negotiate a franchise arrangement with. A recent agreement saw McDonald's slowly rolled out across Roadchef services.


McDonalds operate at some Welcome Break, Roadchef and Extra motorway services. They are:

A-road Services


Former Locations