Motorway Services Online

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An online guide to motorway services

If this is your first visit, then welcome to the site!

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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The Granary salad bar customer.jpg
The Granary: A customer using the salad bar at The Granary.
Recent uploads: (more)
Red Post: The now abandoned former Little Chef restaurant at Red Post.Picket Post: The westbound Shell filling station at Picket Post.Picket Post: The McDonald’s Drive Thru at Picket Post.

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:

A small but perfectly well-formed chain of restaurants alongside A-roads in the late-'80s early-'90s.

Rest area
A guide to the latest form of roadside facility, which the Department for Transport hope will be a case of third time lucky.

History:Woolley Edge
What happens when nobody wants to build a service area? Woolley Edge is a textbook definition of a compromise.

Enjoying the subject? There's more about UK roads at, SABRE and a few more sites we've found.