Tools:

Stafford (North)

Stafford (North)
Moto
Stafford (North)
Road:M6 northbound between J14 and J15
Address:Moto Hospitality
M6 Northbound
Stafford Motorway Service Area
Stone
Staffordshire
ST15 0EU
Telephone number:01785 811188
Signposted from the road?As Burger King/Costa/M&S
Opened:1996
Previous operators:Mobil??, Granada
Grid reference:SJ884320
Services type:Single site located between junctions on one side of the motorway.
Visit Stafford (North)/Moto's official website
Foursquare

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.

Contents

Facilities

Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Lucky Coin, Picnic Area, Showers, Field, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point
Restaurants: Eat & Drink Co., Burger King, Costa, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Millie's Cookies
Shops: WHSmith, M&S Simply Food, Fone Bitz
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Forecourt: BP (with: LPG), M&S Simply Food, Wild Bean Café, Adblue Containers

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs £19.50, or £21 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.

Trivia

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.

A Greggs outlet is due to open here soon.

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.

Survey Results

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.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
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)

Visitor Feedback


Views expressed in these comments are those of the individual contributor. They are moderated by Facebook.
Retrieved from "http://motorwayservicesonline.co.uk/wiki/index.php?title=Stafford_(North)&oldid=32315"


Something not right? Anyone can edit this page, simply log in or register first.

Share this: