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Ardleigh South services


A120 westbound between Colchester and Harwich

Signposted from the road? Poorly



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Single site located at a junction.

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


Forecourt: BP, Spar, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
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.

In September 2020, planning permission was granted to current owners Tankerford Ltd. to replace the existing pumps and canopy and to extend the shop to introduce a food offering to the site. 2 electric vehicle charging points are also planned. In January 2021, the site rebranded from Texaco to BP and the store was rebranded to Spar.


Colchester (4 miles)Services on the A120none