Fleet south-westbound currently has no HGV parking, as detailed below. North-eastbound is fully open. The bridge is closed.
Catering: KFC, McDonald's, Starbucks, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Starbucks Drive Thru Shops: Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Tesla Supercharger, Welcome Break Gaming, small dog walking area Motel: none Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Air1 AdBlue
Catering: Burger King, Chopstix Noodle Bar, Harry Ramsden's, Starbucks, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Starbucks Drive Thru Shops: Little Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Game Zone Motel: Days Inn Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Air1 AdBlue
First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 for a further 24 hours and HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £28 (or £30 to include a £10 meal voucher).
Note that Fleet southbound currently has no HGV parking.
Prices can be paid in the shop with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.
Last updated May 2018.
- Telephone number: 01252 621656
- Grid reference: SU798558
Trivia and History
Full details: History:Fleet
Fleet is one of two Welcome Break services which have a McDonald's. The service area has attracted somewhat of a cult following, with compliments being paid about the variety of fast food facilities offered here being paid by road users around the south.
On BBC Southern Counties Radio, Jeremy Clarkson spoke highly of the "Fleet cheat" where you use the services' back exit to avoid queues on the motorway, but he was told there were now rising bollards in use.
On 20 January 2016, it was officially announced that the footbridge was to be renamed 'The Scott Mills Bridge' after a campaign by BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills was launched to get as many things to be named after him as possible. An official opening ceremony took place on 16 March 2016 and a plaque was placed on the southbound side to mark the renaming. The bridge survived the fire, but is currently closed.
On the night of 14 December 2016, the southbound services were severely damaged by a large fire, which started in a faulty coffee machine by the KFC unit and spread to the majority of the building, leaving only the new entrance. UKNIP has photos of the fire.
The northbound services opened shortly after, and the southbound filling station opened on 16 December 2016. The bridge passed a final assessment on the same day. The southbound filling station was later closed again to help manage the traffic.
On 3 January 2017 the southbound toilets, entrances, bridge access (benefiting from a new coat of paint) and facilities associated with the car park were temporarily opened earlier than expected, with boards separating the damaged dining area. Other facilities were available via the bridge.
Full facilities, which are provided in a temporary building located in the HGV park, opened on 23 March 2017, offering Burger King, Chopstix Noodle Bar, Harry Ramsden's, Starbucks, WHSmith, and the motorway network's first branded Little Waitrose. The temporary building had formerly been used as a food hall for athletes during the London 2012 Olympics.
The opening of the temporary southbound building allows for the destroyed southbound services, including the salvaged portion, to be demolished. This will be replaced by a new, taller and airier building.
The new building is expected to be open by Summer 2018, with a new PizzaExpress franchise alongside the usual Subway, KFC, Burger King, Starbucks and WHSmith. The remaining units haven't been named but Waitrose, Harry Ramsden's and either Chopstix Noodle Bar or Tossed seem likely.
Internal and external seating areas positioned by the hotel will overlook the forest. Two entrances will be maintained and the footbridge access will be reconnected. Toilets will be in the far corner.
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South Mimms (M25 north, 52 miles)
Cobham (M25 south, 23 miles)
Toddington (M1 north, 18 miles)
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Winchester (25 miles)|
Popham (A303, 18 miles)
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