|Road:||M6 northbound between J14 and J15|
Stafford Motorway Service Area
|Telephone number:||01785 811188|
|Signposted from the road?||As Burger King/Costa/M&S|
|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 wonderful garden, as well as for its cleanliness.
General: Children's Play Area, Local Information, Lucky Coin, Picnic Area, Showers, Field, Moto Free WiFi
Restaurants: Eat & Drink Co., Burger King, Costa
Shops: WHSmith (with Costa Express Krispy Kreme), M&S Simply Food, Fone Bitz
Fuel: BP (with: Costa Express Burger King AdBlue Containers LPG Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point)
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £11 and HGVs £19, or £20.50 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.
Stafford (North) featured on the BBC's Top Gear in 2002, in which Jeremy Clarkson described the access roads to the services as being "like a race track", featuring an apex, hairpin bend and a pit stop. It also appeared in their Motorway Cops in 2009 after a lorry raid.
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 in the BP garage.
Granada opened the services in conjunction with Mobil, who may have been the planned operator of the whole site. 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.
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 toilets, 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.
It is possibly the only service area to double-up a dog walking field with an overflow car park, changing as necessary.
The Costa outlet has recently been refurbished here. (April 2013)
A Greggs outlet will open here soon.
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.
|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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