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Pease Pottage

Pease Pottage
Moto
Pease Pottage
Road:M23 at J11
(also accessible to traffic on the A23 and the A264)
Address:Moto Break
Pease Pottage Motorway Services Area
Brighton Road
Pease Pottage
Crawley
West Sussex
RH11 9YA
Telephone number:01293 562852
Signposted from the road?As Burger King/Costa/M&S
Opened:1993
Previous operators:Welcome Break, Granada
Grid reference:TQ263332
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
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Twitter: @PeasePottage1

The only 'proper' services on the M23/A23 route and the last for almost 100 miles, Pease Pottage is very small and struggles as soon as two or more coaches try and stop at the same time.

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Facilities

Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, Picnic Tables, Showers
Restaurants: Greggs, Burger King, Costa, West Cornwall Pasty Co., Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith, M&S Simply Food
Motel: none
Forecourt: BP, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs £22, or £23.50 to include a £9 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2455.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Trivia

The services were built by Welcome Break, but they became Granada (now Moto)'s after the Fortes and Granada merge/diverge mess, which is what happened at Sutton Scotney on the A34.

As the services are situated within Pease Pottage, a small village with few shops, they act as a corner shop to the residents, who can access it via a bridge over the A23 and a path round the side. This isn't actually allowed, as motorway services can't be built or designed in any way so that people will be making journeys just to visit them.

There was a sign on the M23 southbound which stated the distance to Pease Pottage, but under the name 'Moto GU221', with the 'GU221' being in a smaller font. It turned out that even the Highways Agency were completely unaware of this, but in December 2005 they found out and, after not even they knew why it was there, patched it over. Maybe it was added by someone as a joke, referring to Moto Guzzi the Italian motorcycle manufacturer?

From 2002 until 2005 there were plans to build a Travelodge here.

Size

Pease Pottage has often been regarded as the smallest service area in the UK, but the title is actually a lot more complicated as there are a number of services which may or may not count, and Pease Pottage itself was originally developed as a a-road service area. Until recently the lack of size was clear from the fact that the services had relatively few facilities, the M&S being in a new extension. It is probably true that it has the smallest footprint of any MSA, but the smallest building is Severn View.

Given its lack of size you could be forgiven for thinking the services aren't needed. For over 15 years, heading north it was 100 miles to the next services - Toddington on the M1 and Oxford on the M40. Thankfully, two new services, Cobham on the M25 and Beaconsfield on the M40, have plugged the gap, but Pease Pottage is still quite isolated. The EDC restaurant has recently been replaced with a Greggs outlet.

Survey Results

In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars.

In 2006 the services won a four star loo award. In 2005 it was five stars.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
none on M23
Clacket Lane (M25 east, 22 miles)
Heston (M4 east, 49 miles)
Services on the M23 road becomes A23
Handcross (A23 southbound, 3 miles)
Hickstead (8 miles)
none on M23
Thurrock (M25 east, 43 miles)
Medway (M2 east, 51 miles)
Heston (M4 east, 49 miles)
Moto services none

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