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Ardleigh South services

Ardleigh South
Ardleigh South services
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Location:

A120 westbound between Colchester and Harwich

Signposted from the road? Poorly

Post Code:

CO7 7SL

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.



The surviving petrol station of a pair which were originally provided on the road to Harwich.

Facilities

Forecourt: Texaco, Shop, Costa Express

Contact Details

Address:
Ardleigh
Colchester
Essex
CM77 8GA


Trivia and History

Plans for the service area started in 1989, with a pair of petrol stations, motels and restaurants on the agenda. It was originally called Slough Farm. Two petrol stations opened in 1993, with a further plan for two Travelodges and Little Chefs launched in 1995, but it didn't happen, leaving a large, bare area at the back of each site.

In 2005 the eastbound petrol station closed, and instead became a Highways Agency-approved truckstop. It then became the base for a local coach company, and now it's a waste transfer station.

The westbound site soldiers on and is generally known as Ardleigh South, with its counterpart being Ardleigh North. Its Little Chef land was sold to the neighbouring farmer in 2012.

The filling station formerly included a Mace store.

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