|Road:||M3 between J8 and J9|
|Telephone number:||01962 791140|
|Signposted from the road?||As Costa/Burger King|
|Grid reference:||SU522359 (northbound)|
|Services type:||Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.|
|Visit Winchester Northbound/Moto's official website|
Visit Winchester Southbound/Moto's official website
Fairly new services on the M3, recently sold to Moto.
Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Full Hou$e, Meeting Room, Showers
Restaurants: Burger King, Costa, Eat & Drink Co. (northbound only), Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, West Cornwall Pasty Co. (southbound only)
Shops: WHSmith, M&S Simply Food (southbound only)
Motel: Days Inn[book rooms] (southbound only)
Forecourt: BP (with: LPG), Wild Bean Café, AdBlue Containers
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs £21, or £22.50 to include a £9 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2477 (northbound) and 2478 (southbound).
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Winchester's location has been slated because not only is it quite a way from the city of Winchester, but it's located between where a substantial amount of traffic leaves for the A303 at J8 and a substantial amount of traffic joins from the A34 at J9. Several services had previously been considered around J7, but these were ruled out as the junctions here are close together and busy, so Winchester was seen as a better site.
Unusually, the services used to have one secret exit: in other words, authorised traffic could access the southbound services via Chillandham Lane, whereas northbound visitors had to use the M3. This has now been closed off. Another odd curiosity is the several advance signs for the services that are on the motorway, for no apparent reason.
Scenes from Gladiator were filmed near here before the services were built.
A West Cornwall Pasty Company outlet opened here on the southbound side on Friday 4 April and is one of the two first internal West Cornwall Pasty Company outlets at a Moto site. An M&S store also opened here on the southbound side on Thursday 10 April 2014.
The services were built in a join partnership between Swayfields and Roadchef and the opening was delayed for several years, finally happening in 2001. On the 19 November 2008 Roadchef sold their part (everything except the petrol station) to Moto for £9.5 million as they were looking to channel more money into their existing sites, and until now Moto didn't have a service station in this area. The services still use Roadchef's style of road signs.
When they owned the services, Roadchef described them as being "attractive". Mm.
In June 2007 staff at the services were threatening to strike after Roadchef said they would withdraw their coach service from Southampton and Winchester provided specifically for staff at the services who couldn't/didn't want to drive. It's not clear what the outcome was.
In May 2012, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars. In August 2011, they gave them 4 stars.
|Fleet (23 miles)||Services on the M3||
none on M3|
Rownhams (M27 west, 13 miles)
Farlington (A27, 33 miles)
|none nearby||Moto services||none|
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