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Medway

Medway
Moto
Medway
Road:M2 between J4 and J5
Address:Moto Services
Medway Pavilion
Farthing Corner Motorway Services Area
M2
Rainham
Gillingham
Kent
ME8 8PQ
Telephone number:01634 236900
Signposted from the road?As Greggs/Costa/Burger King
Opened:1963
Previous operators:Rank, Pavilion, Granada
Previous names:Farthing Corner
Grid reference:TQ817634
Services type:Single site built upon the motorway.
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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.

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Facilities

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: WHSmith
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Forecourt: BP (with: LPG), Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs £21.50, or £23 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

An early drawing of the services.

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 the 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.

The Greggs outlet here opened on 22nd November 2012.

Design

One unusual thing about the services is that they haven't been expanded very much, if at all, since they opened nearly 50 years ago. It, especially the way the exit from the lorry park runs right in front of the main entrance, gives a very good impression as to what the likes of Keele looked like when they were originally built.

The bridge between the two services wasn't originally connected to the rest of the building. Although it contained picnic tables it was surrounded by glass panelling, much like a traditional motorway bridge. The design of the services provides an optimum view of the traffic for the majority of road users.

Survey Results

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.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
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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