Ross Spur services
|Road:||M50 at J4|
(also accessible to traffic on the A40 and the A449)
(Google Maps link)
|Address:||Ross Spur Services Forecourt|
|Signposted from the road?||No (previously: Yes)|
|Previous operators:||Welcome Break|
|Services type:||Southbound site located on a dual carriageway at the end of the motorway|
|Euro Garages's official website|
A small service area on the A449 (at the end of the M50), on the southbound side of the road. After years of being a shadow of its former self, it went though a major refurbishment with a new forecourt, shop and two drive-thru restaurants.
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs must pay £15.
Prices can be paid in the Spar shop within the filling station, with instructions in each car park.
Trivia and History
The M50 is named the Ross Spur Motorway, and documentation from the road's construction refers to "the Ross Spur service area". Unfortunately, it's not clear if that's referring to this place, or another one that was planned on the Ross Spur Motorway.
Either way, the Ross Spur services - whichever one that refers to - was expected to be unusual in that it would have been chosen for its scenic views. As a result, no maintenance compound was allowed here.
Welcome Break legacy
The services were owned by Welcome Break until 2001, where it was sold off and quickly became derelict (curiously this was around the same time as they took an interest in Derby South). Ten years later, Welcome Break's road signs (and even parking prices) could be found all over the southbound services. The northbound side was later occupied by KFC who removed most of the branding, save for a few treats for eagle-eyed travellers. Externally, both the north and south sites were virtually unchanged since Welcome Break left them, and they were hardly cutting-edge in those days either. For most of the 2000s, it was a Welcome Break time-lock.
After a muddled history with KFC occupying the former Red Hen building, Labels Outlet Shopping opened in an adjacent field in 2010 using the car park in the northbound service area as an alternative entrance. Although this is on a separate site, it pretty much confirms that this side no longer functions as a service area. It is set to gain warehouses and offices too.
Euro Garages and the southbound side
It is the southbound side that had become almost completely derelict, aside from the petrol station which was itself very run-down, using an old style BP hoped to have phased out by now.
|Strensham (M5 north, 22 miles)|
Oldbury (M5 south, 46 miles)
|Services on the M50||end of road|
|none nearby||Services on the A40||
Pencraig (A40 southbound, 4 miles)|
Symonds Yat (8 miles)