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Swansea West services (Gwasanaethau Gorllewin Abertawe)

Swansea West
Gorllewin Abertawe
Facilities | Rating | ReviewsSwansea West
Road:M4 at J47
(also accessible to traffic on the A48 and the A483)

Address:M O T O
Swansea West Services
M4 Junction 47
West Glamorgan
Telephone number:01792 896222
Signposted from the road?As Costa/Burger King
Previous operators:Rank, Pavilion, Granada
Previous names:Swansea West
Grid reference:SS621997
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
Visit Swansea West/Moto's official website

Like many M4 services, Swansea's low footfall is reflected in its lack of refurbishment. There is a McDonald's and Forestry Commission site which aren't part of the main services but are located on the same road as them.


Catering: Burger King, Costa, Costa Express Shops: WHSmith Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Full Hou$e, Picnic Tables, Showers Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12.50 and HGVs £18, or £19.50 to include a £9 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2465.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.


The main building is only open 8am-9pm.

A 1990s list of facilities says the services offer "trained staff", but with no clue as to what that means.


Rank services had elaborate canopies like this, still in use in 2016.

The square amenity building has only one main entrance, with a covered canopy pointing to the car park, a reminder of Rank's often excessive grand investments. It is then a large building with lots of facilities shoehorned tightly into it.

The Travelodge here is accessed from the main amenity building.

Signs and Name

Moto publicly refer to the services by the name Swansea, however the signs on the motorway (which haven't been replaced since the early-'90s) still call it Swansea West. Coupled with the Welsh translation, Gwasanaethau Gorllewin Abertawe, this creates quite a lengthy sign.

During 2015, the eastbound 'Burger King/Costa' branding signage fell down revealing the former Rank logo which is fitted to the original sign.

A large "Moto this way" sign has been placed on the access road to distract attention from the 24 hour McDonald's which is accessed from the same exit.

Survey Results

In 2006 the services won a three star loo award and came top in the category 'Welsh motorway services'.

Also in 2006, the services were also graded 3/5 by Holiday Which?


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