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Bridgwater services

Location:

M5 at J24
(also accessible to traffic on the A38)

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

TA6 6TS

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

Rating: See the reviews

A very small service area packed in to Huntworth Business Park, so small that it has a tiny multi-storey car park and no grass to save space.

Facilities[edit]

Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Full Hou$e, Showers Motel: Travelodgebook Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices[edit]

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £25. HGVs can pay £26.50 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2429.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Last updated January 2018.

Contact Details[edit]

Address:
Moto Hospitality Services
Huntworth Business Park
Bridgwater
Somerset
TA6 6TS

  • Telephone number: 01278 456800
  • Grid reference: ST305375


Trivia and History[edit]

Green toilets sign.
The former First red and green branding.

In terms of footprint this is the smallest full service area on the motorway network. The multi-storey car park, retaining walls and in-built motel manage to save on a lot of space, although as a result it does feel cramped.

Bridgwater used to have an unbranded restaurant until about 2005. The toilet signs inside the services represent the former operator First with the old green and red writing. This was the only service area First built.

Former Plans[edit]

When the M5 was built, the area around North Petherton and Adsborough was searched for a suitable reserve site, which never needed to be used.

Bridgwater services was built after similar plans at the same junction from Granada and Welcome Break were both rejected. Granada's plans would have had been on the other side of the link road, with the entrance being on the link road and looping back to the J24 roundabout.

New Services[edit]

In May 2017, S Notaro Land Ltd revealed they would be seeking permission to develop land on the eastern side of M5 J24 to include a service area, petrol station, hotel, homes and offices. This implies they were expecting their facilities to be given equal status to the existing services on road signs. Even if they weren't, the new site would be easier to find, risking confusion.

They justified their plans by arguing there are "concerns" with the existing services, being too small and difficult to access.

The plan is currently under investigation, considering both a direct exit from the M5 southbound and a new roundabout to the east of the existing one. It's understood a grass roof will be included in the design.

In November 2017, S Notaro confirmed that Euro Garages would operate the new services.

Alternatives[edit]

Previous:Next:
Sedgemoor (12 miles) Services on the M5 Taunton Deane (12 miles)
none nearby on M5
Severn View (M48, 44 miles)
Leigh Delamere (M4 east, 59 miles)
Moto services Tiverton (22 miles)
Exeter (38 miles)

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