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Halfway House
Halfway House services
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Location:

A458 in Halfway House

Signposted from the road? Eastbound only

Postcode:

SY5 9DU

(Google Maps link)

Access/Layout:

Single site located between junctions at the side of the road.



'Halfway House is a common name. This one is in the Shropshire village called Halfway House, not Essex, Northumberland or North Yorkshire.

The Halfway Diner and a local shop form a facility on the A458. Recently, an official sign calling it "Services" was erected, so it has earned a place in our catalogue.

Facilities

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Catering: Halfway Diner, Coffee Shop Upstairs Shops: Newsagents, Post Office Main Amenities: Halfway Hand Car Wash

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Halfway House
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY5 9DU



History

'Halfway House' is a common name for a roadside facility, but in this case the name is given to the village of Halfway House, thought to be named after the pub. It is half way between Shrewsbury and Welshpool, and also between Birmingham and Aberystwyth.

The main property here was called The Chestnuts. It shared a large forecourt with a garage, which has since closed and become a caravan dealer.

The service area is unfortunately closely associated with the murder of the diner's owner, Satnam Singh Blugher, in June 2017. An employee and family member was sentenced to 27 years for the murder.

Qualification

The diner was prominently signposted in both directions with road signs describing parking, toilets and payphones, which was somewhat more than many other diners had. The aim appeared to be to deter people from staying in the lay-bys. In around 2010, one westbound sign was replaced with a "Services" sign.

While the new sign has a few technical errors (and gives a more advance warning than you'd find on a motorway), it's enough to record it as an official service area in our books. Strictly speaking the fuel symbol (and an accompanying petrol station) is mandatory for a "Services" sign, but the local authority has overlooked this.

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