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Exeter services

Location:

M5 at J30
(also accessible to traffic on the A376 and the A379)

Signposted from the road.

Postcode:

EX2 7HF

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Single site located at a junction.

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The last services on the M5 (located just before the road splits into two routes across Devon), Exeter sits in an industrial estate and is connected to the local cycle network.

It 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.

Facilities

Catering: Burger King, Chow, Costa, Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: &Play, Changing Places, Lucky Coin, Showers Hotel: Travelodgebook Charging Points: Ecotricity Forecourt: BP, Shop, Costa, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue, LPG (BP Autogas) Car Wash

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £26.50. HGVs can pay £28.50 to include a £10 food voucher.

Prices are paid using PayByPhone - more details. The location code is 2436.

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Moto Hospitality Ltd
Exeter Motorway Services Area
Sidmouth Road
Exeter
EX2 7HF


Trivia and Design

Exeter services restaurant.
The refurbished main restaurant in 2019.

Full details: History:Exeter

Firstly, Exeter is the most southern motorway service station in the UK.

The service area is very short on space. The amenity building and car park both have a huge increase in custom during the summer holidays. There is a particularly high demand for advertisements here, usually showcasing various Devon attractions.

The route into the car park from the M5 southbound involves passing through eight sets of traffic lights - more than any other service area.

There is still a grass bank which can be used for walking dogs.

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.

Western Power Distribution are going to be using Exeter to trial six new electric vehicle charging points. These are expected to be ready by March 2021.

Recent Changes

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.

Then 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 now has its own internal unit. Arlo's later closed in late 2019 in favour of fast food options.

Alternatives

Previous:Next:
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)
Moto services none

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