The last services on the M5 (located just before the road splits into two routes across Devon), Exeter sits in an industrial estate off one of the M5's large roundabouts.
Exeter has become an important part of the 'staycation' experience - mainly on the basis that whenever the holiday season comes around, this place turns manically busy. The M5 is always full of caravans in the summer, but Exeter is where you'll find them celebrating that they're nearly there.
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Catering: Burger King, Chow, Costa, Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: Changing Places, Showers Hotel: Travelodge Charging Points: Ecotricity Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue, LPG (FloGas) Car Wash
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Exeter Motorway Services Area
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See also: History:Exeter
Firstly, Exeter is the most southern motorway service station in the UK.
It has the unusual challenge that its custom levels increase rapidly during the holiday season, where its car park and facilities quickly move from being slightly quiet to very overloaded. There is still a grass bank which can be used for walking dogs.
The route into the car park from the M5 southbound involves passing through eight sets of traffic lights. That's more traffic lights than you'll find at any other motorway service area, and enough to leave a lasting impression on your holiday.
The advertisements around the site have a particular 'holiday' vibe to them, as they mainly promote tourist attractions.
Western Power Distribution are going to be using Exeter to trial six new electric vehicle charging points. These are expected to be ready by April 2021. Tesla Superchargers are also due to be installed here in late 2021.
The Greater Exeter Strategic Plan, which is currently in the draft stages, is expected to propose closing Exeter services, arguing that the area is too congested and that the land is needed for housing. Land next to the M5 close to Poltimore House would be recommended as the site for a new, more modern, motorway service area instead.
During 2017, Moto began to redevelop the interior here. As part of this, the EDC was removed and replaced by Chow and Arlo's, with Costa getting a refurbishment and a West Cornwall Pasty Company external kiosk being installed. The toilets area was also refurbished, along with the addition of a Changing Places.
In November 2017, planning permission was granted to build a Costa Drive Thru at the back of the car park but these plans have since expired.
In 2018, the entrance was moved to a new extension, built on top of the old Costa outdoor seating area. This also allowed the West Cornwall Pasty Company store to be brought inside and it now has its own internal unit.
Arlo's closed in late 2019 in favour of high-turnover, fast food options.
|Cullompton (northbound, 12 miles)|
Taunton Deane (26 miles)
|Services on the M5||none on M5|
Kennford (A38 northbound, 8 miles)
Whiddon Down (A30, 20 miles)
|Tiverton (16 miles)|
Bridgwater (38 miles)
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