|Road:||M2 between J4 and J5|
Farthing Corner Motorway Services Area
|Telephone number:||01634 236900|
|Signposted from the road?||As Greggs/Costa/Burger King|
|Previous operators:||Rank, Pavilion, Granada|
|Previous names:||Farthing Corner|
|Services type:||Single site built upon the motorway.|
|Visit Medway Westbound/Moto's official website|
Visit Medway Eastbound/Moto's official website
The only 'proper' services on the M2/A2 route, Medway is very old and consists of one building built across the road. The services are quite quiet as new routes such as the M20 and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link have meant that the M2 is no longer as important as it used to be.
Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Full Hou$e (eastbound only), Lucky Coin (westbound only), Picnic Tables, Showers
Restaurants: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Forecourt: BP (with: LPG), Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12.50 and HGVs £22.50, or £24 to include a £9 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2454 (westbound) and 2453 (eastbound).
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Trivia and History
Medway was the first service area designed by Top Rank. They described it as "gay and colourful", and intended the blue and yellow colours to offer a warm welcome to visitors to England. In reality it became known for being particularly dirty, and described by inspectors as "sleazy".
Rank were attracted to the site as they felt the forthcoming Channel Tunnel would increase the traffic levels - in the event it reduced them by requiring the construction of the M20.
Medway has a works depot located on the westbound sliproad back on to the motorway. The poor road markings mean that it is easy to go wrong here and, instead of rejoining the M2, end up passing through the secret exit (which is in this case ungated) and end up in Rainham.
On 3 December 2010 the M2 through the services was closed and diverted through the car park following a broken window on the bridge caused by storm damage.
To showcase the best of rural England, the westbound (Londonbound) restaurant was built with large windows, offering a wide view to the south. It cost Rank £350,000 to build the services, almost four times as much as the government suggested they spend.
A restaurant at each end offered multi-lingual menus, and staff wore old English-style hunting outfits. They were mustard and teak in colour.
The eastbound services had a large picnic area.
The front of both buildings had a large terrace area, with an umbrella-style building at the front selling ice cream and postcards. On each carriageway, customers boarding the terrace had a choice of entering the toilets or restaurant.
Between the two buildings a wide bridge was initially provided between the two sides. This doubled up as a sun terrace, with seats and large windows. This and the terrace offered a prime view of the new motorway. A diagonal pathway with awning over the top ran across the two sides. Plans to advertise Rank from these services were refused. This bridge was later covered to become a core part of the services, and now forms the majority of the public area, serving as the restaurant.
With this gain in floorspace, the rest of the services has hardly expanded at all.
The restaurant then became a Burger King unit.
In May 2012, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars. In August 2011, they gave them 2 stars.
In 2006 the services won a four star loo award.
|none on M2|
Thurrock (M25 north, 31 miles)
Clacket Lane (M25 south, 40 miles)
Cobham (A2, 18 miles)
Maidstone (M20, 13 miles)
|Services on the M2||
none on M2|
Gate (A2 westbound, 18 miles)
Harbledown (A2 eastbound, 19 miles)
|Thurrock (M25 north, 31 miles)||Moto services||Dover Port (A2, 39 miles)|
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