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Hartshead Moor services

Hartshead Moor
Welcome Break
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Road:M62 between J25 and J26

Address:Hartshead Moor M62 Service Area
West Yorkshire
Telephone number:01274 876584
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:SE168241 (SABRE Maps)
Services type:Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.
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Hartshead Moor sits deep in the Pennines on the M62.


Catering: Starbucks, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Starbucks Drive Thru
westbound only: KFC
eastbound only: Burger King
Shops: WHSmith, Waitrose (westbound only) Main Amenities: Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Showers, Welcome Break Gaming Motel: Days Innbook (eastbound only) Forecourt: Shell, Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Top!Blue AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £24, or £26 to include a £10 meal voucher.

Prices can be paid in the shop with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.

Trivia and History

Hartshead Moor M62 motorway services under construction.
The services under construction.

In the 1990s, Hartshead Moor offered a mobile tourist information centre and a greenhouse.

Plans to host a Lorry Driver Of The Year competition here were quickly laughed out by the Ministry.

The original plans for a Travelodge here were refused as the design was unsympathetic to the local environment.


On 22 May 1973 the westbound restaurant was opened to the press, as part of celebrations of the completion of the M62. The rest of the facilities were phased in until 5 July 1973.

The services were originally planned to be on one side only, but were built with two, occupying a 32 acre site. A major gas line which bisected the site looked likely to stop it being built for a while.

The parking layout was designed to minimise the incline for large vehicles. It allowed for 346 cars, 161 lorries and 15 coaches. The restaurant sat 600 people in total across the public and transport cafés, with large windows making the most of the view to the south west.

It was one of the first services to open without any steps. As a sign of the attitude towards accessibility at the time, this was thought to be remarkable.

Taverna were allowed to bid for these services despite owning Woolley Edge, as little traffic was thought to be making that journey. The chosen design was created by the same architects who had worked on the original Killington Lake.

M62 Incident

Memorial at Hartshead Moor services.
The memorial.

In November 2013, this website accidentally mentioned a serious and interesting subject, and consequently the subheadings which have traditionally been used to break up every page on the site caused regional outrage.

Unusually for us, there is a serious and interesting point to be made: in 1974 an IRA attack on a coach carrying off-duty members of the armed forces and their family on the M62 happened just east of Hartshead services, which went on to form a temporary depot for the emergency services and it was where the wounded were immediately taken to. A plaque was built outside the services, but as they were extended it ended up in the main foyer. After complaints from the victim's families that this wasn't a suitable location, Welcome Break bosses have met up with them and agreed to build a memorial garden outside the eastbound service area. It was opened with a ceremony on the 4th February 2009.

On 1 September 2013, a Army Medical Services memorial was unveiled at the services, with a dedication service.

More information on the attack can be found on the BBC.

Survey Results

Use with care. Outdated surveys have been included for interest only.

In Spring 2017, Transport Focus calculated a 94% satisfaction score for the westbound services and 91% for the eastbound services.

In 2015, both sides of the services were rated 3 stars by VisitEngland. In May 2012, westbound side was given 2 stars, but in August 2011, both sides were given 3.

In 2008 the services won a five star loo award.

In 2007, Hartshead Moor won a five star loo award. The inspectors said that it had the best baby changing facilities in the UK, adding that it was "spotlessly clean".

In 2006, the services won a four star loo award and the westbound services were chosen for having the best baby change facilities in the UK.

In 1991, a Which? survey recommended the services.

In their 1986 survey, Which? praised the services as an example of attractive design work.

A 1978 government review described the services as "scruffy".

In 1977, Egon Ronay rated the services as "poor", noting it was fairly clean but for the stained carpet.


Birch (22 miles) Services on the M62 Ferrybridge (23 miles)
Wetherby (A1 north, 32 miles)
Woolley Edge (M1 south, 22 miles)
Burtonwood (43 miles) Welcome Break services none on M62
Woodall (M1 south, 49 miles)

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