The only service area on the road between Basingstoke and Newbury.
Kingsclere Service Station
- 📞 Telephone number: 01635 299437
- 🗺 Grid reference: SN978635
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Trivia and History
The provision of an official service area here makes more sense when you consider that the A339 was regarded as a major road until the Newbury Bypass opened in 1998. It was maintained by the Highways Agency until 2003.
There continues to be disagreement between the highway authorities in Hampshire and Berkshire over whether the A339 should be promoted as a major road or not. In 2010, Hampshire County Council replaced the Highways Agency's old green 'services' signs with their own white ones.
The site dates back to the 1960s, when a garage was built next to Newbury Road. By 1986 the garage was selling both fuel and used cars, under the name West Kingsclere Garage. It is now a formal petrol station, though there is still an MOT centre on the site.
The petrol station was branded BP and Londis. It was taken over by Peregrine Retail, and was demolished in around 2015, being replaced with a new sales shop. The site was then taken over by MRH in 2017 following their acquisition of Peregrine Retail, and is now operated by MFG.
A Little Chef restaurant opened in around 1985. It closed in 2001, and reopened as Nelson's Diner. It then became Nellie's Diner, and is now closed.