|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||M61 between J6 and J8 (there is no J7)|
MAP AND DIRECTIONS
Anderton Motorway Services Area
|Telephone number:||01204 669962 (northbound)|
01204 460482 (southbound)
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Opened:||1971 (rebuilt in 2011)|
|Previous operators:||Kenning Motor Group, Rank, Pavilion, First|
|Previous names:||Anderton, Bolton West|
|Services type:||Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.|
|Euro Garages's official website|
A range of facilities sitting on the site of Bolton West, formerly one of the worst-ranked services around.
Restaurants: Burger King, Mother Hubbard's, Starbucks, Subway, Starbucks on the Go Shops: Spar Main Amenities: Dog Walking Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Free cash machine, Games Arcade, Multi Faith Room, Picnic Area Motel: Rivington Lodge Forecourt: BP (with: LPG), AdBlue Containers
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £8 and HGVs £14.99, or £19.99 to include a food voucher.
Prices are paid in the Spar shop.
The fees are strictly enforced.
Trivia and History
It used to be owned by BP, with the main facilities being leased out to First, but Euro Garages (who specialise in taking over unpopular petrol stations) took over the petrol station and have recently taken over the whole site. The services were then completely rebuilt and reverted to its previous name, with the new southbound side opening on 27 May 2011.
The old services were, quite simply, appalling. By the end of its life there was little care for any aspect of it, and its rating on this site was an average of 1.1 out of 5. It had a single-storey low-level design, to minimise the impact on the valley it is built in.
On the 23rd July 2010 there was a fire at the garage on the southbound services which meant there was no fuel available for a period, and further facilities had to be provided by portacabins.
As Bolton West, its main claim to fame is that it starred in Peter Kay's pilot episode for his sketch show 'That Peter Kay Thing' in the early 2000s. The show was a 22-minute mockumentary titled 'At the Services' which took a look at a typical day at Bolton West, including manager Pearl Harbour's quest to impress a celebrity. It's thought that they filmed here because they were the only services to let him, but it seems to be quite a coincidence that most of Peter Kay's films are made in or around the Bolton area.
The Subway outlet here is Halal and is open 24 hours.
Unusually, the services have two bridge crossings - one footbridge and one driving bridge, neither of which serve as a Rear Access (except as a public footpath).
The services went out to tender in 1967, requesting at least £200,000 be invested, and it was opened in phases. The original restaurant had large windows and an orange and brown décor. It was open 07:00 until 22:00.
Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.
In May 2012, the new services were given 3 stars by Visit England.
In 2000 the services were rated by the AA, who graded them as 'very poor', criticising poor signposting, overall outdoor facilities and unclean toilets. Woolley Edge fared even worse.
In 1986, Which? magazine describe it as "a time warp".
In 1977, Egon Ronay rated the services as "poor". It was "cheerful and bright", and "the atmosphere was pleasant even if the food was not". He wasn't impressed by the use of convenience foods.
|none on M61|
Birch (M62 east, 13 miles)
|Services on the M61||none on M61|
Lancaster (M6 north, 27 miles)
Blackburn with Darwen (M65, 15 miles)
Tickled Trout (M6 north, 13 miles)
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