Motorway Services Online

Timeline

Below is a list of services organised by when they were opened. If you want to correct a date, go to that services' page, log in and edit it. The current date is usually on the 11th line.

This page tries to list only MSAs, and TRSAs which have been important to the story of the UK road network.

To organise the list by date, tap the arrow next to "opened".

Services Opened
Abington 1993
Annandale Water 1995
Baldock 2001
Bangor 1993
Beaconsfield 2009
Birch 1972
Birchanger Green 1995
Blackburn with Darwen 2002
Blyth 1987
Bothwell 1975
rebuilt 1987?
Bridgwater 1998?
Broxden 2000
Burton-in-Kendal 1970
Burtonwood 1974
Cambridge 2000
Cardiff Gate 1993?
Cardiff West 1991
Carnforth 1987?
Charnock Richard 1963
Cherwell Valley 1994 (rebuilt in 2011)
Chester 1973 (rest area)
1998 (MSA)
Chieveley 1986
Clacket Lane 1993
Cobham 2012
Colsterworth 1989
Coneygarth 2014
Corley 1972
Cornwall 2014
Crewe 1987
Cullompton 1999
Derby South 2000
Derby and Burton 2008
Doncaster (North) 2000
Donington Park 1999
Dover Port 1980s
Dreghorn 1989/90
Durham 1994
Eurotunnel UK Terminal 2007
(the terminal itself opened in 1994)
Exeter 1977
Ferrybridge 1985
Fleet 1973
Folkestone 2008
Frankley 1966
Gloucester 2014 (northbound)
opened May 2014
2015 (southbound)
opened May 2015
Gordano 1973
Grantham North 1970s
Gretna 1970s (TRSA)
1992 (MSA)
Hamilton 1975
rebuilt 1987?
Happendon 1993/4
Hartshead Moor 1973
Heart of Scotland 1971
rebuilt 1987
rebuilt 2006
Heston 1967
Hilton Park 1970 (built by 1967)
Hopwood Park 1999
Keele 1963
Kentford 1970s
Killington Lake 1972
(rebuilt 1985)
Kinross 1980
Knutsford 1963
Lancaster 1965
Leeming Bar 1977
Leicester Forest East 1966
Leicester North 2008
Leigh Delamere 1972
Lisburn 2016
London Gateway 1969
Lymm 1994
Magor 1995
Maidstone 1997
Markfield 1989
Markham Vale 2014
Medway 1963
Membury 1972
Michaelwood 1971
Monmouth 1986 (original)
2016 (rebuilt)
Musselburgh 1990
Newport Pagnell 1960
Northampton 1977
Norton Canes 2004
Old Inns 2011 (MSA)
Oxford 1998
Peartree 1964
Pease Pottage 1993
Peterborough 2001
Pont Abraham 1983
Reading 1995
Rivington 1971 (rebuilt in 2011)
Rownhams 1976 (westbound)
1987? (eastbound)
Saltash 1980s
Sandbach 1975
Sarn Park 1986 (Rebuilt in 2016)
Scotch Corner 1980
Sedgemoor (North) 1970s (rest area)
1987 (MSA)
Sedgemoor (South) 1970s (rest area)
1986 (MSA)
Severn View 1966
Sheffield 2015
South Mimms 1987
Southwaite 1972 (northbound)
1977 (southbound)
Stafford (North) 1996
Stafford (South) 1999
Stirling 1986
Strensham 1962 (original)
1994 (new northbound)
2005 (new southbound)
Sutton Scotney 1986
Swansea West 1991?
Symonds Yat 2000
Tamworth 1990
Taunton Deane 1976 (southbound)
1989 (northbound)
Tebay 1972 (northbound)
1993 (southbound)
Telford 2003
Templepatrick 2015
Thurrock 1992
Tibshelf 1998
Tiverton 1980s
Toddington 1964
Todhills 1972? (southbound TRSA)
1980s (northbound TRSA)
2008 (rest area)
Trowell 1967
Warminster 1992
Warwick 1994
Washington 1970 (southbound)
1980s? (northbound)
Watford Gap 1959
(most facilities 1960)
Wetherby 2008
Winchester 2001
Woodall 1968
Woolley Edge 1972

Specific Dates

The following services are the only ones we know the exact day that they opened. Note that many services were opened in phases, in which case the date we list is either the first date the site started trading or the only publicised date.

Organised by Year

  • Newport Pagnell - phased from 2 November 1959 to August 1960
  • Watford Gap - phased from 2 November 1959 to September 1960
  • Strensham - 20 July 1962
  • Medway - 29 May 1963
  • Charnock Richard - 29 July 1963
  • Knutsford, Keele - 15 November 1963
  • Toddington - 20 May 1964
  • Peartree - 29 June 1964
  • Lancaster - from 29 January 1965
  • Leicester Forest East - 15 February 1966
  • Frankley - 27 July 1966
  • Aust - 9 September 1966
  • Heston - from 21 February 1967
  • Trowell - 23 March 1967
  • Woodall - 1 April 1968
  • London Gateway - 17 March 1969
  • Washington - rumoured 27 August 1970
  • Burton-in-Kendal - rumoured 23 October 1970
  • Hilton Park - rumoured 26 October 1970
  • Bolton West/Anderton/Rivington/whatever - rumoured 8 April 1971
  • Harthill - 31 August 1971
  • Michaelwood - 12 December 1971
  • Corley - rumoured 17 January 1972
  • Leigh Delamere - rumoured 14 March 1972
  • Woolley Edge - rumoured 25 April 1972
  • Killington Lake - rumoured 9 May 1972
  • Tebay West - rumoured 15 June 1972
  • Southwaite - from 3 July 1972
  • Northampton - rumoured 24 October 1972
  • Birch - rumoured 29 November 1972
  • Gordano - rumoured 7 May 1973
  • Fleet - rumoured 6 June 1973
  • Hartshead Moor - rumoured 5 July 1973
  • Burtonwood - rumoured 19 August 1974
  • Hamilton - 20 June 1975
  • Bothwell - 27 June 1975
  • Exeter - rumoured 24 May 1977 (would have been phased opening)
  • Ferrybridge - 2 February 1985
  • Sedgemoor (South) - rumoured 28 April 1986
  • South Mimms - 6 June 1987
  • Tebay East - 3 June 1993
  • Cherwell Valley - 31 March 1994
  • Durham - 23 August 1994
  • Annandale Water - 6 April 1995
  • Stafford (North) - 1 April 1996
  • Donington Park - 8 July 1999
  • Hopwood Park - 2 August 1999
  • Cullompton - 3 September 1999
  • Cambridge - 1 December 2000
  • Baldock - 22 January 2001
  • Peterborough - 15 January 2001
  • Telford - 17 March 2003
  • Norton Canes - 9 March 2004
  • Folkestone - 9 January 2008
  • Leicester - 24 June 2008
  • Derby with Burton - 29 July 2008
  • Wetherby - 23 August 2008
  • Beaconsfield - 17 March 2009
  • Cobham - 13 September 2012
  • Gloucester (North) - 7 May 2014
  • Gloucester (South) - 19 May 2015

Organised by Date

  • Folkestone - 9 January 2008
  • Peterborough - 15 January 2001
  • Corley - rumoured 17 January 1972
  • Baldock - 22 January 2001
  • Lancaster - from 29 January 1965
  • Ferrybridge - 2 February 1985
  • Heston - from 21 February 1967
  • Norton Canes - 9 March 2004
  • Leigh Delamere - rumoured 14 March 1972
  • London Gateway - 17 March 1969
  • Telford - 17 March 2003
  • Beaconsfield - 17 March 2009
  • Trowell - 23 March 1967
  • Cherwell Valley - 31 March 1994
  • Woodall - 1 April 1968
  • Stafford (North) - 1 April 1996
  • Annandale Water - 6 April 1995
  • Bolton West/Anderton/Rivington/whatever - rumoured 8 April 1971
  • Woolley Edge - rumoured 25 April 1972
  • Sedgemoor (South) - rumoured 28 April 1986
  • Gordano - rumoured 7 May 1973
  • Gloucester (North) - 7 May 2014
  • Killington Lake - rumoured 9 May 1972
  • Leicester Forest East - 15 February 1966
  • Gloucester (South) - 19 May 2015
  • Toddington - 20 May 1964
  • Exeter - rumoured 24 May 1977
  • Medway - 29 May 1963
  • Tebay East - 3 June 1993
  • Fleet - rumoured 6 June 1973
  • South Mimms - 6 June 1987
  • Tebay West - rumoured 15 June 1972
  • Hamilton - 20 June 1975
  • Leicester - 24 June 2008
  • Bothwell - 27 June 1975
  • Peartree - 29 June 1964
  • Southwaite - from 3 July 1972
  • Hartshead Moor - rumoured 5 July 1973
  • Donington Park - 8 July 1999
  • Strensham - 20 July 1962
  • Frankley - 27 July 1966
  • Charnock Richard - 29 July 1963
  • Derby with Burton - 29 July 2008
  • Hopwood Park - 2 August 1999
  • Newport Pagnell - phased from 2 November 1959 to August 1960
  • Burtonwood - rumoured 19 August 1974
  • Wetherby - 23 August 2008
  • Durham - 23 August 1994
  • Washington - rumoured 27 August 1970
  • Harthill - 31 August 1971
  • Cullompton - 3 September 1999
  • Aust - 9 September 1966
  • Cobham - 13 September 2012
  • Burton-in-Kendal - rumoured 23 October 1970
  • Northampton - rumoured 24 October 1972
  • Hilton Park - rumoured 26 October 1970
  • Watford Gap - phased from 2 November 1959 to September 1960
  • Knutsford, Keele - 15 November 1963
  • Birch - rumoured 29 November 1972
  • Cambridge - 1 December 2000
  • Michaelwood - 12 December 1971