|Road:||M25 at J30 (southbound) and J31 (northbound)|
(also accessible to traffic on the A13, A282, A1090, A1306 and the B186)
|Address:||Granada Hospitality Ltd|
Granada Service Station
Thurrock Motorway Services Area
|Telephone number:||01708 865487|
|Signposted from the road?||As Burger King/Costa/M&S|
|Services type:||Single site located at a junction.|
|Visit Thurrock/Moto's official website|
Sitting alongside the M25, Thurrock may not be rich in facilities or modern in design, but it attempts to create a suburban feel by backing on to a large lake.
Main Amenities: Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Full Hou$e, Lucky Coin, Regus Express Workpod, Showers
Restaurants: Eat & Drink Co., Burger King, Costa, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith, M&S Simply Food
Motel: Travelodge[book rooms]
Forecourt: Esso (with: LPG), Costa Express, AdBlue Containers, Pay @ The Pump
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs £24.50, or £26 to include a £9 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2467.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Before the services were built, a site was considered to the south of the River Thames. It was the first service area to be allowed accommodation from opening, hence the decision to build it into the plan.
When the services opened in June 1992 they claimed to be "the world's most advanced", which is a stark contrast with how they look today. Amongst other things, it held 'customer clinics'... whatever they are!
A couple held their reception at the services after winning a mystery wedding prize from a local radio station. They were treated to several laps of the M25 on a coach.
A 1994 assessment of the services found the turn-in rate to be just 3%, and this was put down to the long detour from the M25.
A Regus Express workpod was installed here in late December 2014 and is the first Moto site to get a workpod rather than a meeting room.
In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars.
Lord Adonis (Secretary of State for Transport) made little comment on the services when he made a surprise visit in September 2009, saying it had been "greatly enhanced" by the arrival of M&S.
In 2006, Thurrock was graded 3/5 by Holiday Which?
In 2005 and again in 2006, the services won a five star loo award.
|South Mimms (34 miles)|
Birchanger Green (M11 north, 32 miles)
|Services on the M25||
road becomes A282|
Clacket Lane (M25, 21 miles)
Maidstone (M20, 30 miles)
Medway (M2, 27 miles)
Tollgate (A2 eastbound, 10 miles)
Cobham (A2, 12 miles)
|none||Services on the A13||Stanford-le-Hope (7 miles)|
|Toddington (M1 north, 54 miles)||Moto services||
Medway (M2, 27 miles)|
Pease Pottage (M23 south, 43 miles)
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