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Service stations are open with reduced facilities.


Burton-in-Kendal services

Location:

M6 northbound between J35 and J36

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

LA6 1JF

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Single site located between junctions on one side of the motorway.

Rating: See the reviews



A northbound-only service area which started out small but has grown with time. Southbound traffic should use Roadchef's Killington Lake.

Facilities

COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 11 July 2020, with changes caused by COVID-19.

Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: Showers Hotel: closed Charging Points: Ecotricity Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £21.50. HGVs can pay £23.50 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2430.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Moto Hospitality
Burton Motorway Services Area
M6
Burton
Carnforth
Lancashire
LA6 1JF


Trivia and History

Burton in Kendal interior 2019.jpg
Inside, the building is very small.

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Opened by Mobil 1970
Building sold to Granada 1981
Re-branded Moto 2001

The services opened on 23 October 1970, operated by Mobil. It was described as "disappointing and unimaginative" by inspectors, especially as the building didn't take advantage of the views.

Mobil settled on a simple design which offered fuel and service facilities from either ends of the same building. That design had separate doors for the toilets and for the restaurant. Moto tried to encourage customers to use both by building a glass cage around the front, creating a walkway. In 1972 and again in 1977 Egon Ronay rated the services as "appalling", calling it "drab and simply furnished".

In 1978, a partnering Burton East services was considered, but cancelled due to low traffic levels. In 1996 Extra applied to build a southbound service area opposite the existing one, but their plans were refused as there were now enough services nearby.

Tendering

Full details: M6 Service Area Planning

The location of the service area had been chosen by the Ministry to catch Lakeland traffic. The idea was having it on one side of the road only reduced the environmental damage, and encouraged bids from operators who might not want to invest in two buildings.

Custom was expected to be very low, so only a £30,000 investment was requested and a very short lease was offered.

Bids to run the service area came from Mobil, Shell and a company called Alpine who made a promising bid.

Mobil made an excessively prestigious bid to allow them to break in to the market. The Ministry felt that a forecourt operator would do the best job because traffic levels on this section of the M6 were expected to be low, so initially only a forecourt would be required. The winning bidder could then decide when and who would build the main facilities.

Mobil decided that they would run the main services. They later allowed Granada to build a full catering building, and the two ran the service area together. Granada purchased the main lease and ran the petrol station from about 1981.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
Lancaster (16 miles)
Carnforth truckstop (5 miles)
Services on the M6 Tebay (21 miles)
Lancaster (16 miles) Moto services Southwaite (27 miles)

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