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Lancaster services


M6 between J32 and J33

Signposted from the road.



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Two sites located between junctions, connected by an internal bridge.

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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 and the toilets are now upstairs. The tower is closed to the public.


COVID-19 update: These details were updated on 7 November 2020, with changes caused by COVID-19.

Catering: Burger King, Costa, Greggs, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, M&S Coffee to Go Shops: M&S Simply Food, WHSmith Main Amenities: Showers Hotel: closed Charging Points: Ecotricity Forecourt: BP, Shop, Greggs (northbound only), Costa Express, Air1 AdBlue

Parking Prices

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 - more details. The location code is 2448 (northbound) and 2449 (southbound).

The fees are strictly enforced by CP Plus.

Contact Details

🏢 Address:
Granada Lancaster
Forton Motorway Service Area M6
Bay Horse

Trivia and Design

M6 viewed from Forton.
The view which used to be available from the tower-restaurant.

Full details: History:Lancaster

For many years the name 'Forton services' was used on all example diagrams of road signs, including drawings of non-motorway signs.

The services used to be listed by the Highways Agency as an "approved truckstop", but this is no longer the case.

During early 2017, the northbound side underwent a minor refurbishment and on 7 March an Arlo's outlet opened replacing the former EDC outlet. The Costa unit was also refurbished and reopened during this time. A Greggs outlet opened on 30 March.

During 2019, both the Cotton Traders store and Ladbrokes betting shop closed here. Arlo's also closed in late 2019 in favour of fast food options.

Between July 2020 and October 2020, Lancaster will be taking part in the "fuel price drop", where Moto have pledged to compete with local petrol stations.

Pennine Tower

Full details: 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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