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Fleet services

Location:

M3 between J4a and J5

Signposted from the road.

Post Code:

GU51 1AA

map and directions

Access/Layout:

Two sites located between junctions, with no public connection between them.

Rating: See the reviews

Fleet south-westbound currently has no HGV parking, as detailed below. North-eastbound is fully open. The bridge is closed.

Facilities[edit]

Northbound[edit]

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

Southbound[edit]

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 Innbook Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices[edit]

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.

Contact Details[edit]

Address:
Welcome Break
M3 Services
Fleet Services
Fleet
Hampshire
GU51 1AA

  • Telephone number: 01252 621656
  • Grid reference: SU798558


Trivia and History[edit]

Scott Mills Bridge sign.
The Scott Mills plaque.

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.

Fire[edit]

Fleet services fire.
The fire-damaged restaurant area.

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.

Fleet temporary motorway services.
The temporary service area.

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.

On 11 January WHSmith reopened, and a temporary Harry Ramsden's truck was parked outside. A temporary Starbucks opened at the end of January, in addition to the existing drive thru.

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.

Replacement Building[edit]

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.

Alternatives[edit]

Previous:Next:
none on M3
South Mimms (M25 north, 52 miles)
Cobham (M25 south, 23 miles)
Toddington (M1 north, 18 miles)
Services on the M3 Winchester (25 miles)
Popham (A303, 18 miles)
South Mimms (M25 north, 52 miles) Welcome Break services none

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