|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.
General: Children's Play Area, Moto Free WiFi, Picnic Tables, Showers
Restaurants: Burger King, Costa, Greggs
Shops: WHSmith (with Costa Express Krispy Kreme)
Fuel: BP (with: Costa Express AdBlue Containers)
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £11 and HGVs £20.50, or £22 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.
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.
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. They, especially the way the exit from the lorry park runs right in front of the main entrance, give a very good impression as to what the likes of Keele looked like when they were originally built.
On the 3rd December 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 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 Greggs outlet here opened on 22nd November 2012.
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)|
With thanks to 'lukesroomnet' for the information used on this page.