Motorway Services Online

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The 'Features' section is our creative and catchy name for all the other articles on our site, which would otherwise become lost within it. It looks at the way service areas work and puts some of them under the microscope.

  • Information and Guidance
    • Parking
      A general guide to how parking works at services, answering some of the most common questions.
    • Pricing
      A look at the other side of the coin as to why services are so expensive, and a few tips to get the better of them.
    • Professional Drivers
      Information written specifically for coaches and HGV drivers, listing some of the offers available to them.
    • MSA Policy
      An explanation of how services are regulated and how the policy on them has changed over the years.
    • Road Signs
      A non-technical guide to the different road signs used and who is responsible for them.
    • Terminology
      A collection of pages which explain the meaning of various technical and unofficial terms relating to motorway services.
  • Lists and Analysis
    Farthing Corner postcard
    • Best and Worst
      Across the site we ask you to rate different service stations, and here you can see how they all stack up alongside each other.
    • Closed Services
      It's very rare that a large service station will completely shut down, but we've listed them all as well as some of the more interesting smaller ones.
    • MOT Numbers
      A list of the working titles given to the original service stations. Spot the gaps in the pattern!
    • Mobile Apps
      A look at the different discount and information apps offered to help and persuade motorway users.
    • Category:Old Pubs
      Many modern A-road services have adopted a building which pre-dates the road network as we would recognise it. This page lists them.
    • Postcards
      Motorway services originally sold promotional postcards - find the best of them here.
    • Services on TV
      A list of services which have played a significant role in a TV show (previously this information was spread out over all the trivia sections).
    • Services which have burnt down
      A list of services which have been reported to have caught fire.
    • Services which have changed direction
      A look at services which are now drastically different to how they used to be.
    • Services which have changed names
      An automatically-generated list of services which have changed names.
    • Rear Access
      A list of all the services with a 'secret exit', as well as information on what these things are and who can use them.
  • More Research
    A road sign
    • Areas Without Services
      It started as a list of roads with few services, but this page now takes a deeper look at the problem and what is being done about it.
    • History Pages
      In a new feature, we highlight a couple of the motorway network's oldest service stations, and offer a detailed analysis of how they came to be.
    • Bignell's Corner
      The area surrounding South Mimms services has a lot more history than you'd think.
    • Kingdom
      A detailed look at one particular site which never quite made it as a service area.
    • The Rise and Fall of Leicester Forest East
      For a while it looked like the LFE would close within a few years, so this feature was produced. It led to a bit of an anti-climax.