The only motorway services at this end of the road network, this recently extended site is aimed at drivers heading towards North Wales and the Wirral (and, presumably, Chester).
Catering: Chozen Noodle, Costa, Fresh Food Café, McDonald's, Pret a Manger, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Costa Drive Thru Shops: Cotton Traders, Fone Bitz, Spar, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Game On, Jackpot £500, Regus Express, Showers, UK Truck Clean Truck Wash Motel: Days Inn Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli by Shell, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £12 and HGVs, caravans and coaches £26, or £28 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details, or in the shop or restaurant. The location code is 5267.
The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.
Road Chef Motorways Ltd
Chester Service Area
M56 Junction 14
Trivia and History
The old layout, before it went open-plan.
For some reason, it appears to have a closed-off caravan parking area, with caravans being sent in to a corner of the car park instead. This leaves a large section of the grounds to be rarely used.
The filling station is operated by Shell.
Chester was originally planned in the 1970s, under the name Hapsford. It would have opened at the same time as services near M53 J5 (Eastham Rake) and M56 J8 (Agden). The plans were then scaled back as traffic flows in the region were expected to be low.
Rank and Fortes were encouraged to bid for Hapsford despite them already owning sites on the M6. However, there was still no interest, and what eventually opened was a gravel car park maintained by the Department of Transport.
New plans for the services surfaced in the late 1980s. In 1992, service area planning was deregulated, and development firm Bushwing Ltd took advantage of this by creating their own proposal. Despite opposition from a local mobile café, in 1998 it was upgraded to a full MSA. At this time its name was changed to the more marketable Chester.
In 2013, the services were changed from Roadchef's traditional 'High Street' format (where all the units, and a seating area, were tucked away along a single corridor) to their new 'free-flow' design (which saw a pathway snake around the seating area). This saw the relatively new Hot Food Co replaced with the motorway network's second Fresh Food Café.
|Lymm (14 miles)||Services on the M56||
none on M56|
Saughall (A494, 7 miles)
| none on M56|
Sandbach (M6 south, 35 miles)
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