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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

A snowy car park.

By far the most asked question in the emails at this time of year regards opening hours over the Festive Period. So, let's get this one out the way:

By law, all motorway services must provide basic facilities every minute of the year!

By basic facilities, I mean free toilets, at least two hours free parking, fuel, hot drinks and basic food. During quiet periods (such as on Christmas Day), this may well be achieved by directing everyone to the petrol station or, if a bridge is available, to the service station on the other side of the road.

This only applies to MSAs, which in its simplest form is any service station which is signed as such from the motorway. Other services, if signposted from the road, will be open every day except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. If the signposts say "not 24hrs" or "fuel only 24hrs" then they will be open from 8am to 8pm.

All of these dates and times are the minimum requirements and some services may choose to exceed these. If there are no signs to the services then their opening hours are completely up to them.

If you want further information you would be best to contact the operator or service station in question.

Merry Christmas!

2017 Opening[edit]

Roadchef have published detailed branch closures (excluding the forecourts).

Welcome Break and Moto have confirmed most of their Waitrose and M&S stores will be open, but have asked you to contact them for more detail.

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