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Road:M4 between J11 and J12

Address:Reading Motorway Service Area
RG30 3UQ
Telephone number:0118 956 6966
Signposted from the road?Yes
Previous operators:Mobil?, Granada
Grid reference:SU671699
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.
Visit Reading Westbound/Moto's official website
Visit Reading Eastbound/Moto's official website

One of the large atrium-built services built as two separate developments around the M4 - eastbound is slightly larger. Various refurbishments have removed many shops which had made the services stand out slightly.


Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co., Krispy Kreme
westbound only: Arlo's, Chow, Costa Express Marlow, El Mexicana
eastbound only: Costa Express, Eat & Drink Co., Costa Drive Thru
Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: Dog Walking Area, Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, Showers
eastbound only: Moto Meetings
Motel: Travelodgebook west | book east Forecourt:
westbound only: BP (with: LPG), BP Connect, Wild Bean Café, AdBlue Containers
eastbound only: BP (with: LPG), Shop, Wild Bean Café, AdBlue Containers

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £25, or £26.50 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2457 (westbound) and 2456 (eastbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.


The original core of the building was the atrium - it's now all extended outwards

Following the failure of Warren Copse, in the late 1970s attention turned to a service area "in the Reading area", which would open in 1980. It eventually opened in 1995, with the chosen site being an old landfill site.

In planning it was referred to as 'Field Farm services'.

Extensions and Branding

The original plans for the services had the westbound amenity building further from the road, with both car parks being west of their respective amenity buildings and the motel to the west of that. In around 2001 a 'drive-thru' Burger King was going to be added to the petrol station, like at Stafford (North) and Leigh Delamere, but the plans were withdrawn.

A series of extensions were applied to the atrium area of the services in the late 1990s, particularly to the eastbound side, which saw the Travelodge become interconnected. The westbound side was given an extension to gain M&S, and an additional entrance.

In 2006 there were plans for the Fresh Express to be branded 'Real Food Company'. A change of owners meant that was halted, and EDC was launched instead.

In 2016 the westbound services were refurbished, and now include a refit WHSmith and a modernised M&S Simply Food, as well as a Costa Express Marlow machine. The former Upper Crust was replaced by an extended Costa and Arlo's, Chow and El Mexicana replaced the westbound EDC. The Moto totem pole has been removed and lettering of "Reading West" is now above the entrance. This is perhaps a trial for what could be a future Extra-style format Moto may use.

BP Express operate the filling stations here. In summer 2016, along with Stafford (North), BP refurbished the Wild Bean Cafés to its latest fascia, closing the M&S stores in the process.

At the start of April 2017, the eastbound side gained a Costa Drive Thru - a first at any Moto service area.

Survey Results

Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In 2015 and May 2012, Visit England rated the westbound services as 3 stars, and eastbound as 4 stars. In August 2011, they gave both sides 4 stars.

In 2009 the services were deemed the most expensive by Which? Motoring, with five popular snacks costing over £10.

In 2006 the services won a four star loo award.

Also in 2006, the services were rated at 3/5 by Holiday Which?

In 2000, the AA rated the services as "acceptable".


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