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Birchanger Green services

Location:

M11 at J8
(also accessible to traffic on the A120 and the B1256)

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

CM23 5QZ

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

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A single service area located at an extremely busy roundabout at the exit for Stansted Airport.

Facilities

COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 21 May 2020, with changes caused by COVID-19.

Catering: Burger King, Starbucks, Starbucks on the Go, Starbucks Drive Thru Shops: Little Waitrose & Partners Main Amenities: Showers Hotels: Days Innbook, Ramadabook Charging Points: Ecotricity, Tesla Supercharger Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Costa Express, Yorkshire Tea, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 for a further 24 hours and HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £34 (or £36 to include a £10 meal voucher).

Prices can be paid in the shop with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Birchanger Green Service Station
Dunmow Road
Bishop's Stortford
Hertfordshire
CM23 5QZ


Trivia and Design

Birchanger Green services.
Inside the main aisle.

Full details: History:Birchanger Green

The services have a small birdwatching site. It is treated by many as an additional airport facility, as Birchanger Green offers two hours free parking compared to the steep parking charges within Stansted.

When you drive in, the petrol facilities are offered before you reach the amenity building. Normally it's the other way round, meaning these services can be confusing as the car park is the very last option you get.

There is a new rival service area just a mile away on the A120, known as Stansted services, which is actually a group of facilities aimed at airport drop-off traffic which doesn't want to use the airport amenities. Consequently, Birchanger is signed to A120 traffic as if it were a tourist attraction. Traffic joining from Stansted Business Park gets signs for both services.

Traffic Problems

The junction outside Birchanger Green suffered severe congestion in the late 1990s. This was resolved by building a new exit for the airport, but it still left a complicated roundabout, especially when going southbound.

In 2010, Welcome Break complained that the new layout made it difficult for traffic to exit the services, creating long queues in the process. They offered to pay to have the majority of services traffic directed to the A120, where it could then join the main roundabout. Their plans were rejected.

Since then, the number of complaints about the traffic flow has increased further still. Some blame recirculating traffic trying to do two laps of the car park for causing gridlock, but most agree the problem starts with the traffic lights on the roundabout.

The problems with this junction makes it odd that the Department for Transport endorsed building services here in the 1980s. They must not have foreseen the growth of Stansted.

Brands

A 77-bedroom "Days Hotel" was recently added alongside the existing 60-bedroom one as part of a £3m development. It was later re-branded to Ramada.

Tossed opened here in May 2014 - the first at a motorway service area. The same goes for Chopstix Noodle Bar, which opened in August 2016.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
none on M11
South Mimms (M25 west, 29 miles)
Thurrock (M25 east, 30 miles)
Services on the M11 none on M11
Cambridge (A14, 32 miles)
Fourwentways (A11, 20 miles)
none Services on the A120 Stansted (2 miles)
none on M11
South Mimms (M25 west, 29 miles)
Welcome Break services none nearby

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