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An online guide to motorway services

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Love them or hate them, we've all used a motorway service area before. Motorway Services Online attempts to catalogue useful information for people that use them and serious research into their background, powered by sporadic dosages of enthusiasm for social-history and the retail industry. And motorways. (More about MSO)


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Newport Pagnell 70s signs.jpg
Newport Pagnell: Cluttered signage at the entrance to the services in the '70s.
Recent uploads: (more)
Budbrooke: The southbound BP filling station.Budbrooke: The former Autogrill and, before that, Little Chef restaurant.Budbrooke: The southbound Starbucks Drive Thru.

Find A Motorway Service Area

We maintain what is almost-certainly the country's largest database of motorway services. You can navigate it using the search boxes below, or one of the links above.

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Featured Content

Here are a few of our favourite pages:

Photos and information on a half-built service area on the M3 near Basingstoke which recently came back into the conversation.

History:Newport Pagnell
It is the country's first service area - but it tries not to go on about it.

Watford Gap
The full story of Britain's oldest service area, from its conception to its 50th birthday party.

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