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Rownhams services

Rownhams
Roadchef
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Road:M27 between J3 and J4

MAP AND DIRECTIONS
Address:Motor Way Service Station
Rownhams Lane
Rownhams
Southampton
Hampshire
SO16 8AP
Telephone number:023 8073 4480
Signposted from the road?As McDonald's/Costa
Opened:1976 (westbound)
1987? (eastbound)
Grid reference:SU388177
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, connected by pedestrian subway.
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The only substantial services on the entire south coast route, Rownhams feels fairly rural but it's located on a very busy stretch of motorway. Not only does it cater for west-east traffic, but it also carries north-south traffic heading between Southampton on the M271 at J3 and London and The Midlands on the M3 at J4. Recent refurbishments gave breathed life back in to what was becoming a decrepit site.

Facilities

Catering: Costa, Fresh Food Café (westbound only), McDonald's, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
eastbound only: Costa Drive Thru
Shops: Fone Bitz (westbound only), Royal Cavandish (westbound only), Top Gift, WHSmith Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Jackpot £500, Picnic Tables, Showers, UK TruckClean TruckWashwebsite Motel: Days Innbook (westbound only) Forecourt: BP, BP Connect, Wild Bean Café Express

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £27, or £29 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5260 (westbound) and 5259 (eastbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Trivia & History

The new Costa drive thru unit.

Full details: History:Rownhams

Two distinctly different designs make up the services.

At night, sometimes one of the buildings are closed, bringing the subway back into use.

BP Express operate the filling stations here. The westbound services forms one of five bases for Boarhunt, a local recovery service. If there are significant delays at Southampton's docks most lorries are told to wait at the services.

Despite the location, the westbound services are regularly referred to by Roadchef as being on the "M27 northbound".

In July 2016 the first motorway Costa drive thru unit opened at the eastbound services, which required the access road to be re-aligned. This tiny unit offered no internal seating at all.

Survey Results

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


In May 2012, Visit England rated the northbound services as 2 stars and southbound as 3 stars. In August 2011, both sides received 2 stars.

The temporary facilities were rated as "acceptable" by Egon Ronay.

Alternatives

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Farlington (A27, 22 miles)
Sutton Scotney (A34, 18 miles)
noneRoadchef services Sutton Scotney (A34, 18 miles)

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