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Cartgate services

Location:

A303 at Cartgate Roundabout
(also accessible to traffic on the A3088)

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

TA14 6RA

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.



Technically this is only a picnic area, but it is officially endorsed in the sense that it's designed and run by Highways England themselves. It used to offer just parking for a number of vehicles with a wooded picnic area in the centre, where tourist information and a daytime-only toilet block could be found.

Facilities[edit]

Catering: The Cartgate Lodge Cafewebsite Main Amenities: Picnic Tables, Toilets, Tourist Information

Contact Details[edit]

Address:
Cartgate Picnic Centre
Stoke-sub-Hamdon
Somerset
TA14 6RA



Trivia and History[edit]

Toilet block.
Some Highways Agency signs in the service area.

When the road was built, an additional exit was provided at the Cartgate Roundabout for some-sort of facility. Eventually the Highways Agency built this picnic area, to make up for a shortage of parking spaces at the neighbouring sites.

The Highways Agency (now Highways England) tended to avoid building places like this because it has little in common with their main task of maintaining motorways. Eventually, additional catering facilities were provided, which gave Highways England a reliable on-the-ground contact.

In 1989 there were several plans for a large Margram service area with a restaurant and a hotel for this area, but it's labelled Foldhill Lane (a lane that runs slightly north of here). By 2003 this proposal had become one for a BP Truckstop, to be accessed through the picnic area.

Alternatives[edit]

Previous:Next:
Townsend (eastbound, 1 mile)
Podimore (5 miles)
Services on the A303 Stoke-sub-Hamdon (westbound, 1 mile)
Ilminster (10 miles)