Quite possibly the most iconic service station of all, Lancaster is famous for its large tower sticking out of the northbound building (see trivia). Today, Lancaster has been moved around quite a bit, with the toilets now at the back. The tower is closed to the public.
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Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, West Cornwall Pasty Co, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, M&S Coffee to Go Shops: M&S Simply Food, Top Gift, WHSmith Main Amenities: Children's Play Area, Multi Faith Room, Showers Hotel: Travelodge Charging Points: Ecotricity Forecourt: on both sides: BP, Shop, Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue
plus northbound only: Greggs
First 2 hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £15 and HGVs, caravans and motorhomes £24. HGVs can pay £26 to include a £10 food voucher.
Prices are paid using PayByPhone. The location code is 2448 (northbound) and 2449 (southbound).
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Forton Motorway Service Area M6
- 📞 Telephone number: 01524 791775
- 🗺 Grid reference: SD502520
Trivia and Design
See also: History:Lancaster
The service area opened as 'Forton services'. For many years this name was used on all example diagrams of road signs, including drawings of non-motorway signs.
During early 2017, the northbound side underwent a minor refurbishment. Arlo's opened on 7 March, replacing the former EDC restaurant. The Costa unit was also refurbished and reopened during this time. A Greggs outlet opened on 30 March.
Since July 2020, Lancaster has been taking part in the "fuel price drop", where Moto have pledged to compete with local petrol stations.
See also: The Pennine Tower
The service station is known almost exclusively for the 65-foot (20m) tower attached to the northbound building, visible from afar on the north side and described in one publicity leaflet as being "a luxury observation platform". It closed in 1989. Full details are given on its own page.
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