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Hartshead Moor services


M62 between J25 and J26

Signposted from the road.



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Two sites located between junctions, connected by a pedestrian footbridge.

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Hartshead Moor sits deep in the Pennines on the M62.


COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 11 July 2020, with changes caused by COVID-19.

Catering: Costa Express, Starbucks Drive Thru
westbound only: KFC, Starbucks
eastbound only: Burger King, Subway, Krispy Kreme
Shops: WHSmith (eastbound only), Waitrose & Partners (westbound only) Main Amenities: Showers Hotel: closed Charging Points: Ecotricity, Tesla Supercharger Forecourt: Shell, Select, Costa Express, Yorkshire Tea, Top!Blue AdBlue

Parking Prices

First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 for a further 24 hours and HGVs, caravans and coaches must pay £27 (or £29 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.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Hartshead Moor M62 Service Area
West Yorkshire

  • 📞 Telephone number: 01274 876584
  • 🗺 Grid reference: SE168241

Trivia and History

Hartshead Moor under construction.jpg
The services under construction.

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Opened by Ross 1973
Re-branded Motoross 1980?
Sold to Welcome Break 1984

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 in the 1980s 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.

In 1977, Egon Ronay rated the services as "poor", noting it was fairly clean but for the stained carpet. A 1978 government review described the services as "scruffy". But by their 1986 survey, Which? praised the services as an example of attractive design work, and again in 1991 they recommended the services.

Tesla superchargers are due to be installed here in 2018.


Full details: M62 Service Area Planning

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 at the BBC.


Birch (22 miles) Services on the M62 Ferrybridge (23 miles)
Leeds Skelton Lake (M1 north, 16 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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