A northbound-only service area which started out small but has grown with time. Southbound traffic should use Roadchef's Killington Lake.
COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 9 November 2020, with changes caused by COVID-19.
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.
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Burton Motorway Services Area
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Trivia and History
The services opened on 23 October 1970, operated by Mobil and named Burton West. The "west" appeared to stem from the fact only the western half was built, rather than being west of Burton.
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.
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. They later renamed it to 'Burton-in-Kendal'.
| 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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