Stafford (North) services
|Facilities | Rating | Reviews|
|Road:||M6 northbound between J14 and J15|
Stafford Motorway Service Area
(map and directions)
|Telephone number:||01785 811188|
|Signposted from the road?||Yes|
|Previous operators:||Mobil??, Granada|
|Services type:||Single site located between junctions on one side of the motorway.|
|Visit Stafford (North)/Moto's official website|
A popular but busy service station on the northbound side of the M6, with southbound traffic being sent to Roadchef's almost-as-good Stafford (South). This side of the services is well known for its large lake and garden.
Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Field, Lucky Coin, Picnic Area, Showers
Restaurants: Burger King, Costa, Eat & Drink Co., Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Millie's Cookies
Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Forecourt: BP (with: LPG), M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, AdBlue Containers
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12.50 and HGVs £20, or £21.50 to include a £9 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2463.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
The services opened in 1996, earlier than Stafford (South), which is the only real reason for the difference between the two sites. Since opening the Retail Store has been converted into a WHSmith, and the Birthdays has become a Fone Bitz. The coffee bar was originally supposed to be at the side, but opened at the centre.
The services used to have a Burger King drive through at the side of the petrol station, but it has been boarded up due to a lack of custom. A Burger King can still be found in the main building and an outlet could be found in the petrol station but has since been removed.
It is possibly the only service area to double-up a dog walking field with an overflow car park, changing as necessary.
The filling station here is operated by BP.
Designing and Construction
Mobil bought the site from a developer for £10m, and then worked with Granada as a joint project. At the same time Granada put in an application to build a southbound service area at the same place, but for some reason this never materialised.
Both the northbound services and the planned southbound ones were deliberately set back from the road by 67 metres to allow for the M6 to be fully widened, as has been planned several times. Space was also left for the B5026 to be re-aligned. The first plans didn't account for this and were rejected as a result.
When it opened, the services trialled a new brand identity which was quickly adopted nationwide by Granada. As part of the changes, the services were one of the first to use polished wood instead of dirty carpets, stands with local information, and boasted more spacious toilets and, for a brief period, staff positioned to welcome customers and hand them ashtrays if necessary.
One early plan, known as Cold Norton Farm, had a square amenity building in the centre of the complex, with the lake being within the motorway loops. This was later changed for the Granada plan.
In August 2011 Visit England gave the services 4 stars, and particularly liked the landscaping.
In 2006 and again in 2007, the services won a four star loo award.
Also in 2006, the services were rated as 5/5 by Holiday Which? They said it was spotless and had some great outdoor facilities, but it didn't win, Tebay did.
In 2005 the services won a five star loo award.
|Stafford (South) (M6 southbound, 1 mile)|
Hilton Park (18 miles)
Norton Canes (M6 Toll, 21 miles)
|Services on the M6||Keele (11 miles)|
|Knutsford (35 miles)||Moto services||Hilton Park (18 miles)|
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