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Other Unbuilt Services

This page lists any services which we know were once planned, but what we know is very vague. If more can be found, the exact location being the most important detail, then they can be moved onto their own page.

If you have any information, please edit this page.

Wootton Bassett

On the M4 between J16 and J17, ruled out in favour of Leigh Delamere.

East Bower

On the M5 between J23 and J24, ruled out in favour of Bridgwater. Traffic levels were forecast to start out low but grow.

North Petherton

On the M5 between J24 and J25.

Ashes Copse

On the M4 between J12 and J13. Due to open December 1971. Traffic levels thought to be extremely low. 23 miles east of Membury.


When Britain's first motorway - the M6 Preston Bypass - was built, a small parcel of land was reserved for future use as a service area, to open as part of the extension of the motorway. The planned layout of what's now M6 J32 was changed, bringing it very close to the future site of the services.

It was expected to face strong objections. A lot of earth moving would have been required to build the services.

Other sites were looked at, slightly further south and slightly west.

It was dropped after a disagreement over whether it should have a maintenance compound.


A second service area near Preston, on the M65, to be built instead of Blackburn with Darwen. Location unknown.


Name thrown around for an M11 service area, planned between 1995 and 1997.


A service area was proposed at the southern end of the M18, more recent than Hatfield.

Lizard Hill

Early plans for services on the M54, between J3 and J4, now superseded by Telford.

A1(M) Services

Several services have been proposed around Micklefield, Aberford and Brahmas but very little is known about them. Before that Fortes wanted services at Knebworth. Much of this will rise from Forte's concerns they would lose many Little Chef's to A1 upgrades.

Church Broughton

A proposed service area on the unbuilt M64.


1960s documents make a comparison to a planned service area on the M54 near Wolverhampton. It's assumed this would have been around J1 - there's no evidence of that.


One of the favoured sites of a service area on the southern section of the M25. Others at Leatherhead, Godstone and New Haw were also considered, with their exact locations unknown.


Proposed on the M56 east of the M6, expected to open in February 1971, at the same time as Chester. It was then placed on a reserve list to possibly become a picnic area, citing low traffic levels.

Eastham Rake

A service station on the M53 sounds odd, but traffic levels were expected to be quite good. Eastham Rake would probably have been just west of the unbuilt junction between J4 and J5. It was due to open in June 1973.

Later on, the Ministry said "it's hard to justify on this short motorway, but as it had been argued in the face of strong opposition, it should not be given up - let the market decide if it is necessary".

Forte built a Little Chef/Travelodge combination at the junction here at roughly the same time.

Newton Regis

This and Friday Lane were the favoured sites on the M42. Also called Austrey Meadows. An alternative was considered on the A42 at Willersley Woodside.


On the M23, also called Gatwick and Shepheard's Hurst. Exact location not known. Short motorways such as the M23 did not require service stations. It was expected to open in 1974, and traffic levels were expected to grow.

Birmingham Western Orbital

Documents for this unbuilt motorway confirm it would have had an MSA near the southern end. An opening date of 1995 was given.


Reserved infill site on the M6 - location not clear.


Confusingly, the M40 extension passes two villages called Chesterton - but one of them was a reserve site for an MSA that was expected to be built as soon as possible. Gaydon was the other one, so it's likely to be the Chesterton near J9.

Pitmore Copse/Chandler's Ford

Documents from 1972 reveal discussions with Shell about a possible service area on the M3, which hadn't been built at the time. It was later decided Kempshott would be enough.

Food on the Move

The following services were identified in David Lawrence's book Food on the Move that had not been previously known, and little can be found out about them:

  • Eskrigg M6 - confirmed as a reserve infill site, somewhere near the A590, added later than the rest, postponed until 1980
  • Daresbury M56
  • Chapel Grove M6 - is it Chapel Green near Corley?
  • Ballard's Ash M4 - confirmed as a reserve infill site
  • Ridgeway M4
  • Knight's Farm M4
  • Datchet M4 - confirmed as a reserve infill site
  • Honeyhills Wood M20 (also called Detling)