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Hopwood Park
Welcome Break
Facilities | Rating | ReviewsHopwood Park services
Road:M42 at J2
(also accessible to traffic on the A441)

Address:Welcome Break Service Area
Junction 2 M42
Redditch Road
B48 7AU
Telephone number:01214 474000
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:SP037739 (SABRE Maps)
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
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A service area with its own picnic tables, play area, walking path and a small field. The toilets are on the second storey (except disabled).


Catering: Burger King, Harry Ramsden's, KFC, Starbucks, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Yorkshire Tea, Starbucks Drive Thru Shops: Waitrose, WHSmith Main Amenities: Changing Places, Children's Play Area, Ecotricity electric vehicle charging point, Nature Reserve, Showers, Tesla Supercharger, Welcome Break Gaming Motel: none Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Select, Deli2go, Costa Express, Yorkshire Tea, Krispy Kreme, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which 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.


The model of the services which is on display inside it

See Are We Nearly There Yet? for information regarding Hopwood Park's location and the problems with where it is.

There is a public footpath leading to Stonehouse Lane.


"Judging by the comments, we are probably among the best in the country."
Manager Neil Austin, 2000

Hopwood Park was opened on 23 August 1999 by TV chef James Martin, and it cost £25 million to build. Its design is very similar to that of Oxford, which was opened at roughly the same time, and South Mimms which was rebuilt at this time following a large fire.

However, Hopwood Park was a little different: boosted by an on-site nature reserve and an enthusiastic manager, it became one of the first services to really challenge the negative perception of motorway services. The manager invited critic Egon Ronay, and welcomed Central TV when they wanted to produce a fly-on-the-wall documentary. The service in Red Hen was praised particularly.

When built, the seating area had 750 seats and the car park 500 car spaces, 36 HGV spaces and 14 coach spaces. It opened with a McCoys shop.

Alternative Plans

One alternative plan, drawn up in early 1998, took up a similar area, but with a much older design. The access would have been off a new roundabout on the A441, with a petrol station at the north end. The cross-shaped building would have been in the centre with a fan-shaped, landscaped car park facing east, by a motel and balancing pond.

Later Facilities

Hopwood Park was the first service area to get live traffic information, as part of a joint trial between the Highways Agency and Welcome Break.

When the Waitrose store opened here, it replaced the Petroleum Menswear store. Hopwood was one of few services to have an individual outlet operating within it. The filling station also used to have a Waitrose store within it (the only forecourt Waitrose store on the motorway network), but this was later replaced by the standard Select/Deli2go combination.

The Starbucks Drive Thru here was planned to open in late 2015 but eventually opened in August 2016.

In July 2015, Hopwood Park was one of the first three services to gain a Tesla Supercharger.

Survey Results

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

In Spring 2017, Transport Focus calculated a 95% satisfaction score for the services.

In 2015, the services were rated 4 stars by VisitEngland.

In May 2012 and August 2011, VisitEngland rated the services as 3 stars.

In 2008 the services won a five star loo award.

In 2006 and again in 2007, the services and the adjacent petrol station both won a five-star loo award.

In 2006, Holiday Which? rated the services as 5/5. They said it had helpful staff and a good variety of food in a smart café, but it didn't win, Tebay on the M6 did. Hopwood's traffic reports also received thumbs up.

In 2005, Hopwood Park won Best Provision of Group Facilities, the first time a motorway service area has ever won such an award. The Coffee Primo unit was also been nominated for 'Best Beverage Experience'.

In 2005, the services won a five star loo award.


none on M42
Frankley (M5 north, 10 miles)
Strensham (M5 south, 31 miles)
Services on the M42 Tamworth (27 miles)
Warwick (M40, 22 miles)
Corley (M6 east, 25 miles)
none on M42
Keele (M6 north, 54 miles)
Telford (M54, 42 miles)
Welcome Break services none on M42
Warwick (M40, 22 miles)
Corley (M6 east, 25 miles)

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